Brisbane, Australia – Hatch has been awarded the Most Outstanding Company in Gender Diversity by Engineers Australia and the National Committee for Women in Engineering. The award seeks to identify, recognise and reward companies that strive towards national engineering excellence by encouraging gender diversity.
Engineers Australia, Australia’s principal engineering association representing around 100,000 professionals at every level across a variety of industries, invite companies to submit applications for the prestigious award program. Applicants for the Most Outstanding Company in Gender Diversity award are judged on a range of criteria covering strategic projects within the company that demonstrate recruiting, retaining, and recognising female engineers; effort in improving policies and procedures; the degree to which the company fosters career progression and skills development of female engineers; and the number of female and male engineers that are achieving professional accreditation.
“The quality of this year’s nominations for the Gender Diversity Awards was really pleasing and the Awards committee had a tough time picking a winner. Hatch’s application was excellent and demonstrated the programs and policies the company has established to foster the development of female engineers within the company such as mentoring, ongoing professional development activities, flexible working arrangements, and regular gender pay equity reviews. With these policies in place, Hatch is clearly acknowledging the importance of gender diversity in the engineering profession,” Hayley Rohrlach, Chair, National Committee for Women in Engineering.
Earlier this year, Hatch was accredited as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). The EOCGE citation is designed to encourage, recognize, and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces. WGEA is an Australian Government statutory agency charged with promoting and improving gender equality throughout Australia.
“The engineering profession of the future will look different than it has in the past. By becoming a more flexible and inclusive profession, we attract more diversity of thought and come up with better solutions. At Hatch, we focus on positive change. We thrive on diversity, we strive to attract the best people, and we work in inclusive teams so that we can take on the toughest challenges of this new era,” said Jan Kwak, Hatch’s Regional Managing Director of Australia-Asia.
Hatch has been working to improve and implement programs to encourage more gender balance, both within the company and within the wider profession. Hatch recently reviewed and improved flexible work and leave options to support the lifestyle of employees, focused on initiatives to attract and retain women in the organisation at all levels, introduced an inclusive leadership development program, and are regularly analysing equity in pay, regardless of gender. Currently, Hatch boast of about 50% women students and new graduates hired in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia and South Africa and aims to have at least 40% of its workforce being women by 2023, a feat that only a few global companies of its stature can achieve by that date.
A holder of PAR Bronze certification from Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business, the company also holds a Level 1 B-BBEE Rating in South Africa. Inclusion means a lot to the company that is the face of diversified global consulting business servicing nearly every country in the world. Hatch is of the belief that a diverse and a fully inclusive work environment fosters a plurality of thought and perspectives that solves challenging problems and creates value for its clients, for its communities, and for the world at large.
“We acknowledge that there is still a long way to go. The initiatives that we, and our industry partners, have put in place are setting the foundations to continually improve gender diversity within engineering,” said Kwak.
Whatever our clients envision, our engineers can design and build. With over six decades of business and technical experience in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors, we know your business and understand that your challenges are changing rapidly. We respond quickly with solutions that are smarter, more efficient and innovative.
Hatch’s vision for diversity and inclusion builds on our core values, including the belief that we are entrepreneurs with a technical soul. Entrepreneurship speaks to a mindset, a way of thinking and acting like an owner, and a passion to pursue goals others might not have the courage to take on. Building from our core as engineers, scientists, and technologists, we use our skills and this mindset to tackle the world’s greatest challenges. A diverse workforce allows us to unlock the complete potential of our team who will improve our clients’ businesses, thereby shaping the future of the world we live in, contributing in a meaningful way to society’s advancement, and creating positive change.
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion intends to enable that positive change. We are proud that our organization is home to 9,000 employees who—regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, disability, and way of thinking—are celebrated and their unique strengths harnessed to create outcomes that leave a positive legacy in the communities we serve and call home.