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Santos wins in two categories at the 2015 National Women in Resource Awards

Two wins at the 2015 National Women in Resources Awards night has highlighted Santos’ commitment to ongoing gender diversity and equality. After winning the South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) State award for Exceptional Young Woman in South Australian Resources in August, Santos Senior Reservoir Engineer Helena Wu has gone on to win the National award in Perth held on 25 September. Santos continued its success with another award win on the night with first place in the category of Company Excellence in Diversity and Performance.

The recognition for the Company Excellence in Diversity Award comes following the introduction of the company’s Gender Equality Program, acknowledged by the industry for its forward thinking, and inclusive approach to encouraging equity in the workplace. “At the very core of our business is a culture of collaboration and we fundamentally believe that greater diversity in the workplace leads to enhanced organisational performance” said Chief Human Resources Officer at Santos, Ms Joanne Fox.

“The Santos Gender Equality Program is all about increasing female participation across our business and advocating for greater opportunities for women in oil and gas, and the industry more broadly. We achieve this with a broad range of activities that include flexible working, training and leadership development, gender-balanced graduate intakes, parental leave with superannuation “top up” for unpaid parental leave, pay equality and gender attraction strategies.” said Ms Fox.

The effectiveness of Santos’ increased focus on gender equality can be seen in an increase in female representation and retention at Santos. Women at Santos now make up 25% of the workforce (compared with 22% in 2011). Over the same time, there has been a 5% increase in the number of females working in technical roles (now 23%) and a 6% increase in women in senior roles (now 17%).