DCA's #IStandForRespect pledge has captured the momentum of the national conversation about the treatment of women. But the personal story that MAX Solutions’ Managing Director Deborah Homewood shared with us really encapsulates the impact of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace – and the aftermath. WATCH THE VIDEO >

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Deborah Homewood (00:00):

I signed the pledge, I think initially, because I was just angry, I was just angry that this was still going on, that there were still news headlines about young women being sexually assaulted at work

Deborah Homewood (00:26):

And I felt that I've been having this conversation with colleagues, with peers, with family members, friends for my entire working career. And so I felt that it was time rather than having those conversations. It was time to say on behalf of my daughter, on behalf of all the women in the workplace, on behalf of the women that work for us, but also the men that the parents the, everybody who knows this is wrong to take a, we had to take a public stance to say, this is, this is wrong and do it publicly. So there's no question about what is right and wrong. There's no question about what we believe. And there's no question what I believe.

Pip Marlow (01:05):

I was really proud to sign the I Stand for Respect pledge with the Diversity Council of Australia, it's around a personal values alignment. I've been passionate about gender equality for a long time. I really want to make sure that I'm taking a role in creating a better, more equal world for my daughters and for every woman in the workplace.

Shayne Elliott (01:26):

Well, it was a really a simple decision. Actually. Respect is one of the core values at ANZ. So that's first and foremost. And of course, second ANZ has always been really interested and caring about diversity and inclusion. And so, it was not a difficult decision. And one that really aligned with our values and who, and what we care about.

Deborah Homewood (01:53):

We find ourselves in this situation, we keep hearing about it because I think enough people haven't publicly taken a stand and drawn a line in the sand. We've talked about quotas, we've talked about you know, education and a whole bunch of things. All these things are very important, but there comes a time when you realize that the line in the sand is behind you.

Pip Marlow (02:14):

If you are fearful about your career, your physical or mental safety, then you're not going to do your best work. As leaders we have a responsibility to make sure every person can come to work and feel safe.

Shayne Elliott (02:29):

It's probably one of the most critical things that a Chief Executive or a company does is provide a safe place of work. We have thousands of people who come good people who come to work every single day at ANZ and it's my responsibility to ensure that they're safe.

Deborah Homewood (02:44):

Standing against sexual harassment in the workplace is not just important to me. I just don't think there's an option. I don't think as a leader of an organisation now, whether you are male or female, you have an option to not stand for it.


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