A guest post by Stan Duncan, Senior Executive Vice President of U.S. Human Resources and Global Head of Management for Westfield, LLC.
In the TED Talk, “Why we have too few women leaders,” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg examines why there are a smaller percentage of women than men who reach the top of their professions. She offers three power pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite. In this clip Sandberg shares a personal story that reinforces her first piece of advice: sit at the table.
Westfield has a strong commitment to diversity and seeks to promote an inclusive culture where people are encouraged to succeed to the best of their ability. At Westfield we believe inclusion is a critical element for successfully achieving diversity. This means that we continuously work to ensure an environment that is supportive of equal opportunity and equal access to career development, remuneration and benefits through the implementation of practices, procedures and policies.
In the United States that has led to the establishment of an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy, ensuring our commitment to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment people of the greatest ability without discrimination.
In 2011, to continue that commitment across the company globally, Westfield undertook a review and assessment of its practices on diversity. An internal diversity working group was convened to review the effectiveness and impact of policies and strategies relating to diversity. The working group was sponsored by the Australian Leadership Council. The Westfield diversity policy can be found online.
In conjunction with that review, the Board adopted a Diversity Policy to guide the Board and senior management in developing diversity objectives. The diversity policy provides a positive mandate and framework for the setting of measurable and achievable objectives to support diversity within our business.