Breaking the glass ceiling – increasing gender diversity

Friday 2 Dec 2022

For the third year running, companies in the Australian forest grower and timber processing sector completed a voluntary Gender and Diversity Survey, as part of an ongoing industry-wide commitment to increasing the participation of women across the workforce.

The 2022 survey was completed by 21 companies, with a key result showing a significant 20 per cent rise in the number of female employees since the first survey two years ago.

The figures also represent a valuable growth in gender diversity in corporate governance. In a two-year period, almost 25 per cent of executive level roles within the surveyed companies were now filled by female employees – an impressive increase of five per cent since the first survey was distributed two years ago.

The survey stems from the Australian Forest Industries Diversity and Inclusion Charter, which sets out eight commitments focused on improving diversity and inclusion within the industry. Participating organisations are required to report on their progress through the annual survey, with data collected and analysed in collaboration between the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and FWPA.

Kevin Peachey, Statistics and Economics Manager, FWPA, said, “The survey plays a crucial role in enabling the industry to monitor the outcomes of its positive efforts in the diversity and inclusion policy area. “With each year’s results, the industry is empowered with more data to draw on for analysis. That analysis aids planning for the improvement of diversity goals and policy development.”

If your company is not currently participating in this annual survey and you would like to, please contact FWPA Statistics and Economics Manager Kevin Peachey at or by calling Tel: 0411 060 186.

Source: FWPA

Share |

Copyright 2004-2023 © Innovatek Ltd. All rights reserved.