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IKEA Lo­gan store man­ager Re­nea Rob­son, pic­tured, has never felt gen­der was an is­sue in the seven years she has been at the fur­ni­ture chain.

“All of the op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist are avail­able for males and fe­males,” she says.

“Ikea iden­ti­fies and be­lieves in peo­ple re­gard­less of gen­der.”

Glob­ally, Ikea has a tar­get of 50/50 bal­ance of men and women in lead­er­ship roles but at Rob­son’s store, women ac­count for 63 per cent of se­nior lead­ers. Ikea Aus­tralia coun­try HR man­ager Richard Harries says a key fac­tor that at­tracts fe­male ta­lent is its ma­ter­nity leave pol­icy.

“(This) pro­vides 26 weeks of full pay or 52 weeks of half pay to the pri­mary carer,” he says.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion also runs the Ikea Open Women’s Net­work (IWON), for both men and women, which pro­vides a plat­form for con­nect­ing and shar­ing in­for­ma­tion, good ideas and per­sonal sto­ries.

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