Commitment to diversity

Senior Response Ltd is committed to promoting diversity among employees, consultants and senior management throughout Senior Response and keeping shareholders informed of Senior Response’s progress towards implementing and achieving its diversity objectives.

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to outline Senior Response’s commitment to fostering a corporate culture that embraces diversity and, in particular, focuses on the composition of its Board and senior management. The policy also provides a process for the Board to determine measurable objectives and procedures which Senior Response will implement and report against to achieve its diversity goals.

Diversity

This policy does not just apply at work. It also applies anytime that you are involved in work matters at other places, such as at a supplier’s site. It also applies at work functions (including social functions) related to, or organised by, Senior Response.

What is diversity?

Diversity includes, but is not limited to, gender, age, ethnicity and cultural background.

Corporate Culture

Senior Response aims to actively promote a corporate culture that supports diversity in the workplace, in the composition of its Board and senior management and throughout Senior Response as a whole.

A corporate culture that embraces diversity seeks to encourage and facilitate opportunities for the employment of women and people from different backgrounds, provide skills and career development initiatives, increase workforce participation and create an inclusive environment where employees feel they are valued. In building a corporate culture where diversity is encouraged, Senior Response also recognises that employees at all levels have responsibilities outside of the workplace.

Senior Response acknowledges the known corporate benefits that flow from advancing employee and Board diversity, in particular gender diversity, including identification and rectification of gaps in the skills and experience of employees, enhanced employee retention, greater innovation and maximisation of available talent to achieve corporate goals and better financial performance.

By focusing on diversity, Senior Response aims to promote an environment that is conducive to the appointment of well-qualified employees, senior management and Board candidates so that there is appropriate diversity to maximise the corporate goals of Senior Response.

Diversity commitments

In order to foster a corporate environment where employee and Board diversity are achievable and maintainable, Senior Response will implement the following diversity commitments:

a. the Board will review and determine, as frequently as required, strategies, programs and initiatives that will foster diversity and meet the particular needs of Senior Response, including identifying the skill and experience set for the Board and senior management necessary to effectively oversee its business and achieve its corporate goals;
b. the Board will seek to ensure that diversity is a factor that is taken into account in the selection and appointment of qualified employees, senior management and Board candidates and will consider options in order to expand the pool of qualified candidates to select from, including through the use of a professional intermediary to assess candidates to promote appointments in accordance with the diversity profile; and
c. the Board will seek to identify and consider programs and initiatives that:
i. assist in the development of a broader pool of skilled and experienced Board candidates, in particular women, including initiatives focused on skills development, such as executive mentoring programs or more targeted practices relating to career advancement including those that develop skills and experience that prepare employees for senior management or Board positions;
ii. assist with enhancing employee retention, in particular that of women from middle management, including programs that foster career development and personal skills and, where possible, initiatives that address competing demands between work and other obligations;
iii. assist with minimising career disruption when employees take time out of the workplace to meet other obligations and attempt to re-enter the workforce, and, where reasonable, possible and in line with the needs and objectives identified by the diversity profile, facilitate or permit employees to access such programs or initiatives.

While the key focus of this policy and the ASX recommendations is on promoting the role of women within organisations, Senior Response recognises that other forms of diversity are also important and will seek to promote and facilitate a range of diversity initiatives throughout Senior Response.

Implementing diversity commitments

The Board will aim to ensure that appropriate procedures and measures are introduced to ensure that Senior Response’s diversity commitments are implemented appropriately.

Measurable objectives

Setting measurable objectives

The Board will set measurable objectives for achieving diversity, in particular gender diversity, in accordance with this policy and the diversity profile set by the Board and will review the effectiveness and relevance of these measurable objectives on an annual basis.

The measurable objectives should identify ways and, where applicable, specify benchmarks against which the achievement of diversity is measured, in order for the Board to assess and report annually on Senior Response’s progress towards achieving its diversity goals.

How will the measurable objectives be determined?

In order to set meaningful objectives, the Board will assess its current diversity levels and identify where gaps exist. Measurable objectives will then be developed which are tailored towards improving diversity in areas where most work is needed.
Types of measurable objectives
Senior Response acknowledges that there are a number of different types of measurable objectives which may be implemented to assist in meeting its diversity goals, including:
a. procedural and structural objectives – for example, implementing internal review and reporting procedures or ensuring that candidates are interviewed by a diverse selection/interview panel;
b. diversity targets – setting targets for the number of women throughout Senior Response or to increase the proportion of women within senior management positions and implementing timeframes for this to occur by; and
c. initiatives and programs – for example, identifying appropriate initiatives and programs and determining how the initiative will operate, who will be responsible for implementing it and setting a timetable for its introduction.
Measurable objectives as key performance indicators

The Board will consider the extent to which the achievement of these measurable objectives should be tied to key performance indicators for the Board, the chief executive officer and other senior management.

Annual disclosure to shareholders

Purpose of reporting

Senior Response acknowledges that reporting to shareholders on its diversity profile and diversity objectives facilitates greater transparency and accountability in relation to diversity matters and that such reporting and transparency has been endorsed by the Board.
It is anticipated that shareholders will have greater confidence in Senior Response and the Board if they are fully informed of the policies and the measurable objectives which have been implemented to facilitate the performance of Senior Response.

What will be reported?

As part of its annual reporting requirements to shareholders, Senior Response will disclose the measurable objectives set by the Board for achieving diversity in accordance with the diversity profile and will report on its progress against those objectives. A copy of these measurable objectives may also be published on Senior Response’s website from time to time.
A component of Senior Response’s disclosure on diversity in its annual report should also include information about:
a. the proportion of women employees in Senior Response;
b. the number of women in senior executive positions; and
c. the number of women on the Board.
The Board will determine the most appropriate method to present this information to ensure that it is accurate and does not falsely represent the participation of women and men within Senior Response.

Board selection process

Senior Response is also committed towards achieving greater transparency of the Board candidate selection and nomination process and may include in its annual report the information about the mix of skills and diversity which the Board is looking to achieve in membership of the Board.

Consequences of breach of this policy

You must comply with this policy. If you breach this policy, disciplinary action may be taken against you.

Depending upon the circumstances, the disciplinary action may include termination of your employment with or without notice.
Related charters, policies and procedures
Equal Opportunities Policy
Workplace Bullying and Harassment policy

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