5 things to know today

  1. Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins told the Australian Financial Review that AMP’s treatment of its infrastructure specialist Boe Pahari and a female employee who made allegations against him reflect that the ‘old way’ of handling sexual harassment issues just doesn’t work and that companies need to be more serious about such behaviour and its consequences on the company itself via investor reactions.
  2. “The rise in the number of women sitting around the top table should help to raise awareness of sexual harassment, improve boards’ probing of the issue and encourage companies to be more pro-active to reduce the number of incidents,” said Claire Braund, chief executive of Women on Boards.
  3. WA-based KPMG accountant Cheryl Lim has turned her number crunching hand to making gelato and is using these coronavirus challenging times to broaden her flavour base to include spiced ginger crème brulee, which has proved a finger licking success for customers at her Milk Barrel Ice Creamery in Perth.
  4.  The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) has released its latest Gender Diversity Report. “The AICD will continue to advocate about the benefits of board diversity, including gender diversity. It is our hope that Australia’s leading businesses continue to pave the way towards a 40:40:20 gender balance in their leadership,” said Angus Armour FAICD CEO and Managing Director, Australian Institute of Company Directors. You can listen soon to our podcast with Narelle Hooper, respected journalist and long-term advocate for women’s rights. Narelle is the editor-in-chief of the AICD’s journal Company Director.
  5. The ABC’s popular TV programme Landline in an episode labelled Cuts Both Ways looks at the growing number of women taking up the butchering trade. While the programme acknowledges that some people may be sensitive to what’s screened in the episode, Tilly Money congratulates women who are moving into the male-dominated trades sector.


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