Cbus recognised again for real progress on gender equality, as it partners to bring "Fearless Girl" to Melbourne

26 February 2019


Cbus, Australia’s leading building and construction industry superfund, has been recognised for the second year running as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) recognises organisations for showing strong leadership in promoting gender equality.

Cbus CEO David Atkin said he was proud the fund was being recognised as a workplace committed to achieving gender equality.

“At Cbus we have a deep commitment to leading the way in gender diversity and equality” Mr Atkin said.

“It makes good business sense to provide a fair and supportive environment where our people can thrive and where we can attract the best talent to help us deliver strong retirement outcomes for our members.”

“We have taken powerful steps to improve gender equity outcomes at Cbus.

“Over the past 12 months the overall gender pay gap at Cbus has decreased to 16.6 per cent. This is significantly below the industry standard of 31.9 per cent.

“And the organisation has achieved 50 per cent gender equity of employed staff across the fund.”

“This does not happen by accident.

“We have strong practices and policies across the organisation to promote gender equality.

“These include super for unpaid parental leave, parental leave policies that are aimed at both women and men, entrenched flexible working conditions across the organisation, and programs to support women in leadership.

“As a WGEA Ambassador and a Male Champion of Change, I am delighted that we have been recognised by WGEA for our efforts and to be joined this year by more than 140 workplaces who are making significant progress on gender equality.”

The recognition comes as a replica of the internationally recognised “Fearless Girl” statue, by artist Kristen Visbal, was unveiled at Federation Square in Melbourne in the lead up to International Women’s Day on 8 March. Cbus partnered with fellow industry super fund HESTA and Maurice Blackburn lawyers to bring the statue to Melbourne.

“Cbus is proud to have helped bring ‘Fearless Girl’ to Melbourne as part of our commitment to promoting gender equity and wage equality in our community,” said Mr Atkin.



Maurice Blackburn, Hesta and Cbus are not in any way affiliated with, endorsed or licensed by State Street Global Advisors Trust Company, the commissioner of the original “Fearless Girl” sculpture, or State Street Global Advisors Australia or their related entities, in relation to the display of the reproduction of the “Fearless Girl” sculpture.


For media enquiries please contact: John Kelly, 0407 071 703