They agreed to form the Male Champions of Change, (now known as the Champions of Change Coalition). The group was made up of 8 CEOs and Non-Executive Directors to form the Male Champions of Change Founding Group.
Members leverage research and focus groups to develop a 12-point plan – ideas to achieve significant and sustainable change in the representation of women in leadership in their organisations and across society.
The Coalition continues to expand, as 8 new members join, bringing the Coalition to 21 members.
Members identified an interconnected set of high impact actions that leaders can take to drive progress. These actions fall into four key themes that later inform the Male Champions of Change Action Pillars:
Stepping up as leaders
Disrupting the status quo
Dismantling barriers for carers
The Male Champions of Change partnered with Chief Executive Women (CEW) to launch a management model called The Leadership Shadow.
Male Champions of Change host their first Leadership Forum, with over 750 of Australia’s most influential leaders gathered to reflect on the progress made, and the path forward, in tackling gender inequality in the workplace.
Male Champions of Change, in collaboration with Women’s Leadership Institute Australia (WLIA) and CEW launch The Panel Pledge guide(relaunched in 2019), to address the lack of gender balance at many high-profile conferences and events, particularly in regards to keynote speakers and panels.
In collaboration with CEW, Male Champions of Change release the report In the eye of the beholder: Avoiding the merit trap. The report explains how biases can influence the way merit is understood and applied, as well as practical actions leaders can take to avoid the merit trap.
Male Champions of Change Sport Group launch the Women in Sport Sponsorship program. A Sponsorship Program developed by the Sport Group to accelerate the advancement of 40+ high-potential women in the Sport sector.
The Male Champions of Change Founding and STEM Groups launch the report A Gender Equal Future of Work. The report 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.
Male Champion of Change share their annual progress in the first combined Male Champions of Change Impact Report (2018). The report includes data on key gender equality metrics across 142 organisations, representing 70% of the Coalition.
In addition to the combined Impact Report, individual groups continue to share progress via Group Progress Reports. This includes:
Male Champions of Change Sport develop a model to achieve equal base pay in sport; debunk arguments against equal pay for elite women; map the support required across the sports ecosystem; and self-assess each Member’s progress on pay equality. This is released in their Pathway to Pay Equality Elite Women Athletes report.
Male Champions of Change STEM lead a major study to better understand how barriers to attracting, retaining and developing women in the STEM sector manifest; and practical actions they can lead to change the current course. They release their findings in the Harnessing Our Innovation Potential – Gender Equality in STEM report.
Male Champions of Change partner with broadcaster and Champions of Change Member SBS to develop a scalable online Inclusion Program covering topics including the case for change, pay equality, recruitment and promotions, sexual harassment and everyday sexism in the workplace.
Male Champions of Change share their annual progress in their second combined Male Champions of Change Impact Report. The report is believed to be one of the largest, voluntary public disclosures on gender equality in the workplace globally, representing 230 men and women CEO and Board-level leaders and organisations operating across 155 countries.
The Coalition continues to expand, new groups included:
In a world first, the Sport Group works with McKinsey & Company to develop and report against five key focus areas and more than 20 measures identified as critical in driving progress on gender equality including pay equality in sport, in their Pathway to gender equality in sport including pay equality report.
The Coalition continues to expand as we welcome the new Male Champions of Change Microsoft Partners Group.
December 2020, a decade after its formation, ‘Male Champions of Change’ change name to ‘Champions of Change Coalition’ with the tagline ‘men stepping up beside women on gender equality’. The name change reflects the evolution of the Champions of Change strategy and represents the current composition and collaboration of the Coalition – as Members are working side-by-side with many women leaders to accelerate progress on gender equality.
Our mission is to step up beside women to help achieve gender equality and a significant and sustainable increase in the representation of women in leadership.