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Aurizon eyes greater workforce diversity

Rail operator wants women to make up 30 per cent of its workforce within five years.

 

Australian freight rail company Aurizon plans to double the number of its female staff within five years.

Managing director and CEO Lance Hockridge says a balanced and diverse workforce is needed for the company to be a world-leading transport business.

Women currently make up 13 per cent of the workforce but Hockridge plans to increase the number of 30 per cent.

“Diverse teams operate more effectively and are more engaged. They also create new ideas, new insights and new approaches,” Hockridge says.

“This includes gender diversity as well as differences in age, language, ethnicity, cultural background, religious beliefs and people with disabilities.

“A multi-dimensional program is now underway and being supported at every level of the company. We’ve admittedly got a long way to go but we cannot be the type of company I’ve been espousing without genuine cultural challenges.”

Meanwhile, Hockridge says the company has found identity and purpose following its name change from QR National to Aurizon in 2012.

“We have transformed, rebuilt and re-shaped, and have a stronger focus on our customers,” he adds.

“We signalled early to the market that we were a growth stock and committed to doubling the value of the company every five years.

“We meant it. Everything we have done, including the recently-announced partnership with China’s Baosteel exemplifies that ambition,” he adds.

Aurizon reported an annual profit of $754 million last financial year.

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