We engage with all of our people to create a work environment that encourages and promotes individuality and diversity, while instilling pride in the firm and our values. Our values and culture assist us in creating a cohesive environment in which we are committed equally to professionalism and personal fulfilment.
We aim to fulfil our obligations under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 and create an environment that caters to the needs of both men and women, thereby contributing to Gadens’ strategic objectives by embedding diversity and inclusion into our business strategy and practices. As a firm we are committed to equality in the workplace and are focused on achieving gender pay parity as part of our focus on gender equality. To further show our commitment in this regard, we have signed up as Pay Equity Ambassadors under the Australian Government Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s (WGEA) Pay Equity Ambassador Program.
Gender is not the only basis on which people experience discrimination, and we foster a working environment that is inclusionary of all people regardless of their ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or disability and impairments. Gadens is committed to providing and maintaining a workplace that is free from any form of inappropriate workplace behaviour, including unlawful discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), vilification, victimisation and bullying. This begins with our recruitment strategies and continues through to all levels of the firm.
The process of reconciliation is an ongoing journey and involves commitment and collaboration. We are passionate in our efforts to ‘close the gap’ between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Our focus is working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and with key organisations to build relationships and assist in creating opportunities through education and employment. For a number of years, we have offered a program for Indigenous law students which provides them with long-term work experience, mentoring and study support (financial and mentoring). A number of the candidates in our Indigenous Intern Program have gone on to qualify as lawyers and are employed at the firm.
We also recognise that our people may seek to work flexibly at various stages of their lives for a variety of reasons including family responsibilities, study, health, phased retirement or participation in community and volunteering activities. Our flexible work arrangements allow for changes to the time, location and manner in which a staff member works, and we offer a range of flexible working arrangements including: flexibility upon return from parental leave, flexible working hours, job share arrangements, leave of absence, part time working arrangements, purchased annual leave and working from home.