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Big Four named among Times’ Top 50 Employers for Women

Apr 29
Tags: UK: London
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Deloitte, KPMG, EY, and PwC have made the Times’ 2019 list of Top 50 Employers for Women. 

The unranked list - compiled by the Times and Business in the Community (BITC) - recognisers UK employers that are striving to make gender equality a part of their business strategy.

BITC’s gender equality experts assess organisations on their transparency surrounding equality in the workplace, as well as the causes behind any gender equality gaps, the actions each business is taking to address these issues, and the impact of the steps taken. 

It also looks at the roles of senior leaders, intersectionality, the representation of women in senior roles, support for parents and carers, bullying and harassment, and how the organisation seeks to promote gender equality outside of the business. 

As well as being named among the top 50 for the fourth consecutive year, Deloitte was also awarded the prestigious Gender Equality Game Changer Award, which recognises the company’s focus on respect and inclusion since 2015. 

Emma Codd, managing partner for talent at Deloitte, commented: “We are extremely proud to be listed once again as a top employer for women alongside other [organisations] that are committed to driving greater gender equality in the workplace. It is also a great honour to receive a Game Changer Award for the focus that we have had on ensuring that we always provide an inclusive culture underpinned by respect.”

She added that this focus has been top led, and has seen Deloitte create its thought-provoking Ask Yourself film, and put 6,000 of its most senior leaders through extensive inclusion training. Deloitte has also rolled out compulsory online inclusion development sessions to all staff, and worked to ensure all employees feel able to escalate any concerns surrounding respect and inclusion. 

Laura Hinton, chief people officer at PwC, welcomed the company’s inclusion on the list. She added: “There's always more to do, and we have a clear action plan to ensure we're making progress in attracting and retaining people from all backgrounds." 

Justine Campbell, managing partner for talent at EY UK&I, said she was “proud” EY had been listed as one of the UK’s top employers for women. 

“Increasing the representation of women across our business, at every level, remains one of our top priorities. We continue to look for new ways to make our culture more diverse and inclusive,” she said. 

Chloe Chambraud, director of gender equality at BITC, explained that historically, organisations would focus on policies and processes designed to address the inequality and bias that employees face day-to-day. But this is not enough. 

“It is only by changing the culture and promoting positive behaviours from the top that employers will see real change, and we look forward to supporting them on this journey,” she said. 

Other organisations that made the 2019 list include Allen and Overy, Barclays, Capgemini, Credit Suisse, Department for Work and Pensions, Goldman Sachs, Lloyds Banking Group, Marks and Spencer, National Grid, Pepsico, Post Office, Royal Mail Group, Shell and State Street.

The Big Four were also all last year included on BITC’s Best Employers for Race list, which recognises good practice on workplace race equality and inclusion.

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