17/11/2020 - The OECD Forum on Tax Administration (FTA) has today published a report on Advancing Gender Balance in the Workforce: A Collective Responsibility. This report, developed by the FTA's Gender Balance Network, sets out a range of policies and practices undertaken by tax administrations and their national governments to advance gender balance in the workforce.
This report highlights innovative approaches, legislative options, flexible workplace initiatives and leadership practices adopted by FTA members in order to assist administrations in their domestic considerations of where and how to improve gender balance and inclusion.
"Achieving gender equality requires strategic, top-down and visible leadership if we are to be successful in creating gender balance within our Administrations," said Naomi Ferguson, Commissioner of Inland Revenue New Zealand. "The initiatives this report brings together underscore the importance of addressing historical and systemic inequalities primarily faced by women. We also recognise that inequality can impact men and our aim is to learn from each other to create a workforce culture and environment that respects and embraces diversity and inclusion".
"Economies are more resilient, productive and inclusive when gender inequalities are removed and we actively support women's equal participation", commented Grace Perez-Navarro, the Deputy Director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. "The FTA's Gender Balance Network has a valuable role to play in helping to drive gender equality within tax administrations, including through the sharing of knowledge on domestic initiatives and practices."
For more information on the OECD Gender Balance Network, including a recent interview between Commissioner Naomi Ferguson and Grace Perez-Navarro, visit: www.oecd.org/tax/forum-on-tax-administration/about/gender-balance-network
Media queries should be directed to Grace Perez-Navarro, Deputy Director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (+33 1 45 24 18 80), or Achim Pross, Head of the International Co-operation and Tax Administration Division (+33 1 45 25 98 92).