Equal Employment Opportunity Annual Report – 2000 Objectives of the Program & Selection of Indicators

The Bank announced its formal commitment to equal employment opportunity in May 1984 and since then has implemented five plans to progressively achieve the objectives of its EEO Program. The Program is intended to encourage good personnel management practices for all staff, while meeting legal obligations for the designated EEO groups. The Bank is committed to equality of opportunity for all its employees. It seeks to ensure that there are no policies or practices that discriminate unlawfully against staff, in particular the designated EEO groups. Merit is the key principle used in staffing decisions. Recruiting and retaining the best people, capitalising on the diverse skills of employees, and adapting work practices to help employees accommodate work and family needs are key goals in maximising the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation.

Merit is the key principle in staffing decisions.

A range of indicators has been selected to monitor the progress of EEO groups in the Bank. These include salary ranges, salary classification levels, occupational groups, and staff movements (recruitment, promotions, transfers and resignations). Data are also maintained on retention rates following parental leave, participation in training and development, and the provision of study assistance. As part of its Equal Employment Opportunity program, the Bank had an EEO Plan covering the period July 1997 to June 2000. It recognised the diversity of the Bank's staff and sought to accommodate that diversity where possible within broader Bank objectives. The plan set out a series of goals under the following objectives: staff selection, career development and staff training, and conditions of employment. These are presented in Appendix 1.

A new EEO Plan will commence in July 2000.

A new EEO Plan has been developed to cover the period July 2000 to June 2001. The new Plan has the same objectives as the 1997–2000 Plan, but incorporates new strategies to achieve these objectives. The plan will be distributed to all staff and be available on the Bank's intranet site.