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AIM links with United Nations to empower women

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Gender equality in corporate leadership is no longer seen as just doing the right thing. As such, the Australian Institute of Management has reinforced its vocal advocacy of female leadership in a mutual display of unity with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

As a strong voice for equality in business practices, AIM has thrown its support behind the United Nations’ Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs).

AIM Chief Executive Officer Daniel Musson FAIM this month signed a CEO statement of support for the WEPs at an event hosted by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The statement, which was also signed by ACCI and Business South Australia (the South Australian Chamber of Commerce), demonstrated a mutual commitment to the seven guiding principles of the WEPs listed below:

1. Leadership promotes gender equity
2. Equal opportunity and non-discrimination
3. Health, safety and freedom from violence
4. Education and training
5. Enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices
6. Community leadership and engagement
7. Transparency, measuring and reporting

Mr Musson said that the WEPs align with many of AIM’s current initiatives which promote female leadership and equality in all of its business practices.

“We are delighted to support an initiative that promotes gender diversity and empowerment in businesses,” Mr Musson said. “The WEPs are a great framework for engaging and retaining female talent which has been proven to increase innovation and productivity.

“At AIM we are strong advocates for female leadership which can be seen through our involvement in International Women’s Day and our Outstanding Women’s Series which will feature former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in November”.