We first received the citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) in February 2020, acknowledging our active and continuous commitment to achieving gender equality across the business.
“We are extremely proud to be publicly recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality as we continue striving toward our mission to build a flexible, inclusive and diverse workplace where our people, clients and partner communities feel trusted, safe, confident, valued and understood,” said James Phillis, CEO SMEC Australia and New Zealand.
The WGEA EOCGE citation is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to accomplishing gender equality in Australian workplaces. There are several key focus areas of the citation including:
• Leadership, strategy and accountability;
• Developing a gender balanced workforce;
• Gender pay equity;
• Support for caring;
• Mainstreaming flexible working;
• Preventing sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and discrimination, and bullying;
• Driving change beyond our workplace.
“Each year, we accept applications for our WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation from those employers who are raising the bar when it comes to driving change, creating the circumstances that allow all people, regardless of their gender, to thrive,” said WGEA Director, Mary Wooldridge.
“After passing through our evidence-based benchmarking evaluations, our EOCGE citation holders are officially recognised as some of the best employers in Australia who are committed and dedicated to action in achieving gender equality.”
SMEC is committed to being a flexible, inclusive and diverse employer whose culture creates a sense of pride both individually and collectively.
The Tbilisi Development Fund has engaged SMEC to develop the Dighomi floodplain rehabilitation strategy. The Dighomi Floodplain is an area of special conservation interest, which includes riparian forest, protected Otter habitat and other unique flora and fauna ecosystems that have been assessed as critical by the International Finance Corporate Performance Standard.
SMEC has been contracted by Electricidade De Timor-Leste (EDTL) for the role of Project Supervision Consultants for the Power Distribution Modernisation Project in Timor-Leste. Supported by a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the project aims to assist EDTL in modernising the country’s power distribution system and strengthening institutional capacity.
Geotechnics will play a key role in helping our society achieve a safe, prosperous and sustainable future. Recent droughts have resulted in a need for more dam design and construction. Recent rainfall has resulted in extensive slop failures impacting our roads, rail and urban infrastructure. Energy transformation is driving large scale solar, wind and pumped hydro construction. These projects will all require geotechnical input to future plan for our communities.
Richard Parsons, one of SMEC’s key leaders in Social Value and Engagement is presenting on their technical paper ‘Considering Social Impact Assessment from a public interest perspective - some critical questions’ at the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand 2023 Impact Assessment Symposium in Canberra.