Chief Executive Women Male Champions of Change 17 August 2016 Breakfast Roundtable discussion at McKinsey Offices,Sydney.Photographs by Rick Stevens.

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Senior leaders in business, government, education and community are calling on all employers to confront the way they use the concept of ‘merit’ when making decisions about appointment or promotion.

A report released by Chief Executive Women and Male Champions of Change shows that although ‘appointing on merit’ sounds fair, it is often used to mask a variety of biases that prevent the progress of women.

The report argues Australian organisations must face up to the merit trap if they are to benefit from gender diversity.

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