Without intentional and bold action Australia could ‘sleepwalk’ into the future of work – replicating and exacerbating gender inequality, according to a discussion paper released today by the Male Champions of Change.

Released by the MCC Founding and STEM groups, “A Gender Equal Future of Work” urges leaders to prioritise gender equality in their business strategies for now and the future. It describes how leaders are challenging and transforming structures that perpetuate gender inequality as they plan for and manage rapid advances in technology, social and demographic shifts, and increasing consumer, citizen and stakeholder expectations. The paper also identifies gender equality opportunities and the risks associated with inaction, with women’s representation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) a specific focus.

The paper offers detailed case studies on how organisations such as Qantas, Telstra, MYOB, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Aurecon, Accenture and Australian Nuclear Science Technology Organisation are integrating gender equality into the centre of their business strategies.

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