Big Four accountancy firms PwC and EY, and HMRC, have all been commended for their work in creating equal and inclusive workplaces for women.
All three employers received awards at Opportunity Now’s – the gender equality initiative from Business in the Community – Excellence in Practice Awards ceremony last night.
EY was presented with the Inclusive Culture Award, while PwC picked up the Transparency Award. Judy Greevy, HMRC’s deputy director of talent, engagement and diversity, won the Directing Diverse Talent Award.
Additionally, PwC and EY – alongside KPMG – have been included in theTimes top 50 employers for women.
Talking to economia, Greevy said she was “absolutely delighted” to receive the award and explained that HMRC would continue to be a trailblazer for equality in the civil service.
“In HMRC we continue to do as much as we can,” Greevy said. “Some of the work we’re doing is a lot about trying to look at inclusive leadership, and what that means and how we can develop that further.
“Lots of other departments are doing lots of good work but I like to think we are trying to be a leader in the pack by doing some innovative and different things,” she added.
“These things can then be used by other departments across the civil service as well.”
Gaenor Bagley, head of people for PwC, was equally pleased with the firm’s award for transparency. “We’re absolutely delighted to get this recognition,” Bagley said. “We feel that we have pushed the boundaries about what we were prepared to do.
“I always say to people that we’re not done yet – disclosing [diversity information] for the first year is just the first step in the process.”
Bagley was joined by Sarah Churchman, PwC’s head of diversity, who said, “These awards show our focus on valuing difference and creating an inclusive workplace that supports better gender balance is paying off.
“We seek to create an environment where women feel supported and can develop their networks and skills; where women can see role models within our business, who reinforce their ambitions and confidence to ask for what they want, share their ideas and to aspire to where they want to go.”
Kathryn Nawrockyi, director of Opportunity Now, congratulated award winners, saying it was their “commitment to developing inclusive cultures” that made them stand out.
“Opportunity Now has always stressed that gender equality at work will come from fixing the culture, not the women,” Nawrockyi said. “Our winners and finalists are all making this ethos integral to their success.
“Now we’re going to start focussing on equal pay. The reporting of the gender pay gap for large employers is going to become a reality. We want to help our members get ahead of the curve and get their data out there before it becomes mandatory.
“That transparency of reporting is going to help gender equality.”
Nawrockyi was joined by Helena Morrissey CBE, who said the awards highlighted the necessity for gender equality at all levels of business.
Morrissey said, “[The winners and finalists] have demonstrated clear leadership by moving women’s progression from a diversity initiative to a core business priority.
“Achieving gender equality is only possible when men and women work together at every level, creating real change.”
Source: Economia – http://economia.icaew.com/news/april-2015/pwc-ey-and-hmrc-commended-for-gender-equality