Australia’s farm leaders are calling on agribusinesses to even the gender ledger on their Boards and in their senior executive ranks.
The Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program is a new initiative, led by National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) which asks agribusiness, representative bodies and other farm-focussed organisations to commit to meaningful change to enhance female participation.
“For as long as farming has been contributing to Australia’s prosperity, women have been at the coalface of agriculture,” NFF President Fiona Simson said.
“Despite this, women are still under-represented at the senior levels within agribusinesses and farm representation.”
AACo Chief Commercial Officer Hugh Killen said the benefits of increased gender diversity were well recognised.
“Women bring differing views to all aspects of business from investment, risk, managing people and understanding stakeholders.”
“Increasing female representation is not only the right thing to do, it undoubtedly makes sound business and strategic sense.”
The Diversity in Agriculture Leadership program will see aspiring female leaders matched with accomplished mentors – male and female.
To be involved, agribusiness, representative bodies and other organisations - key to the fabric of Australia’s farm sector - will need to commit to change.
Organisations must commit to auditing the gender diversity within their leadership teams and pledge to make ‘meaningful change’ towards achieving enhanced gender equality.
Expressions of interest are now invited from agribusinesses, representative bodies and other farm-focussed organisations – public and private – who wish to be a part of the Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program.
Individuals who wish to further their agriculture leadership aspirations can apply to be a part of the first Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Mentor Program when the application process opens in December 2017.