SYDNEY (March 19, 2014)—Catalyst announces the launch of Catalyst Australia Women Research and Consulting Limited, its entry into the Australia marketplace with the goal to increase women’s representation and leadership in Australian workplaces and organisations. As the global leader in expanding opportunities for women and business, Catalyst engages companies in efforts to become more inclusive, and provides the tools needed to enact real change. Catalyst’s expansion into Australia will give Australian member companies greater access to Catalyst’s resources, and the opportunity to be connected with the Catalyst membership globally, which includes over 700 leading multi-national organisations and professional firms around the world.
Catalyst’s presence in Australia will build on the momentum brought about by the country’s groundbreaking programs and Catalyst’s successful collaboration with the Australian government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency. Australia has two Catalyst Award-winning initiatives: Telstra Corporation Limited—Next Generation Gender Diversity: Accelerating Change for Women Leaders (2010) and Commonwealth Bank of Australia—Opening the Door for Gender Diversity (2012) The Australian Securities Exchange’s Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations to increase women’s representation on Australian corporate boards, and programs such as the Australian Government Board Links and the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Male Champions of Change demonstrate clear commitment to advancing more women to leadership.
“Australia is uniquely poised to remove the barriers that exist for women in workplaces and communities,” said Deborah Gillis, President and CEO, Catalyst. “Catalyst’s entry into Australia enables us to bring a wealth of Catalyst resources to the Asia-Pacific market to meet the region’s global challenges and opportunities. We are honored to have a presence in Australia, where we can help transform corporate culture and advance women to leadership.”
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ABOUT CATALYST AUSTRALIA WOMEN RESEARCH AND CONSULTING LIMITED
Founded in 2013, Catalyst Australia works with Australian member companies to expand opportunities for women and business. With a deep understanding of the issues women face in the workplace, it is at the forefront of research, practices, and trends related to gender diversity in Australian organizations.
Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization expanding opportunities for women and business. With offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, and Australia, and more than 700 members, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organ