22 January, 2020

Lion CEO becomes Pay Equity Ambassador

Lion CEO becomes Pay Equity Ambassador

Lion CEO Stuart Irvine has become a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador.

He joins Robbert Rietbroek, CEO PepsiCo, Australia and New Zealand, as the second drinks industry head to sign the WGEA Pay Equity Pledge.

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency is charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

Directors, Heads of Department and CEOs take the pledge, which states: “We recognise gender bias can creep into performance, talent development and pay decisions to create like for like gender pay gaps. That’s why we analyse and monitor our talent management data, including pay, by gender and take action. We also set the expectation among people managers that they address gender bias in their decision making. We do this because we know we can’t attract and retain the best people and improve workplace productivity if there’s any unfairness or perception of unfairness in our workplaces. We encourage all business leaders to take the first step. Equal pay is in your hands.”

A spokesman for Lion noted: "At Lion we are committed to gender pay equity. That is why we have investigated and closed the gender pay gap within our business. We’ve also made changes to our processes and conduct pay gap analysis twice a year. We encourage other organisations to do the same – to make a difference to gender equality. We do this because improving gender equality is the right thing to do for our business, our people and the community."