The moral case for equal opportunity in society and the workplace is a given. The business case for organisations creating and maintaining gender diverse workforces at all levels is resoundingly clear. Reports by leading research organisations (like McKinsey (Women Matter), Catalyst, and The Reibey Institute) demonstrate consistently that businesses with gender diversity in their management and executive ranks outperform their competitors on a range of financial and other indicators.
In an era of low-unemployment and constrained resources, businesses compete strongly to attract and retain talented people. Businesses have been making structural and cultural changes and investing in gender diversity initiatives and related programs in order to increase the number of women participating in management and executive roles.