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DIVERSITY

CATERPILLAR GEARS UP

for gender diversity

Being the first to achieve a gold rating in Australia’s only resource industry assessment of gender diversity capability has provided Caterpillar with further motivation to get more women behind the company wheel.

A SUCCESSION OF enormous yellow trucks powerfully hauling tonnes of rock, ore and coal is an iconic image of the Australian mining industry. Caterpillar, the global company behind these impressive machines, is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and dieselelectric locomotives with 2013 sales and revenues of over $55 billion. The company employs about 115,000 people worldwide. While staying at the top of its game requires innovation in engineering and product development, its latest global pursuit is in gender diversity. “Caterpillar has been very clear in its strategy that people are the key to everything we do,” says Scott Latham, country manager for Caterpillar’s human services division in Australia and South-East Asia. “We believe that by focusing on increasing diversity in our workplace, we will achieve greater talent attraction, development and retention outcomes than our competitors.” Caterpillar isn’t only now coming out of its cocoon in workforce diversity – the company established its Global Diversity and Inclusion Office 10 years ago. In most countries, it has created Women’s Initiative Networks and regularly undertakes an inclusion survey to identify strengths and disparities across different employee demographics. Feeding from this global vision, it is no surprise that Caterpillar’s 1,400-strong Australian arm achieved the first gold rating in the Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA) ‘Recognised’ assessment of organisational gender diversity capability. Taking part in the first round of AWRA Recognised assessments, Caterpillar had its

Australian workplace policies, procedures and practices evaluated against a rigorous model of diversity capability developed by research and consulting body the Centre for Gender Economics and Innovation, and based on international best practice in diversity and inclusion. A tiered system of bronze, silver, gold

and platinum indicates the position of an organisation to leverage gender diversity to drive business performance and profitability, attract talent and innovate. As Australia holds its own unique set of talent attraction and retention challenges, Latham says it was important for the Caterpillar’s local operations to undergo

We found it difficult to recruit female talent to our autonomous mining trucks area. So our recruitment team reviewed the language used in job advertising to focus on inclusive skills and attributes and ensure ads were more appealing to women.

Caterpillar Australia received AWRA Recognised Gold

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