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Deloitte shines as a catalyst for the advancement of women

13 MARCH 2020: Catalyst, a leading global non-profit focused on accelerating progress for women in the workplace, has named Deloitte as one of three companies globally that lead on gender equality, honouring Deloitte with a prestigious Catalyst award for 2020.

Deloitte Australia CEO, Richard Deutsch, says he is incredibly proud that Deloitte has been recognised for leading the way: “We're fully committed to becoming the professional services firm of choice for women and men, and this award puts the spotlight on the fantastic initiatives we're driving to make gender equality, diversity and inclusion a reality at Deloitte every day," he said. "This recognition is the result of not just what we are doing today, but the sustained focus on gender equality of our leaders and our organisation over the past 20 plus years. Over the past decade, our former Deloitte Australia CEOs, Giam Swiegers and Cindy Hook, have laid strong foundations in diversity and inclusion. We are building on this by continuing to identify and remove barriers to equality, to create a level playing field and a more inclusive culture for everyone."

Chief Transformation Officer, Clare Harding, says the 2020 Catalyst Award highlights how gender equality, diversity and inclusion are a strategic imperative for the firm. “Last year, we had great success in moving the dial with our flexible working and parental leave policies,” she said. “With Deloitte Dads, we set out to challenge stereotypes and create a culture that nurtures diversity in all forms. This year, we will continue to drive initiatives like our Return to Work program, inclusive leadership training and ensuring mentoring and sponsorship of women is a priority across our whole business.”

The Catalyst 2020 Award called out Deloitte Australia for its role in building a strong inclusive culture through its Inspiring Women program, designed to ensure the firm attracts its unfair share of female talent. 

Highlights of Deloitte Australia’s commitment to gender equality include:

• A working environment to support all employees, including equal parental leave for all employees that can be taken flexibly in the first three years after the arrival of a child, and comprehensive and transparent flexibility policies applying to all the people who work at Deloitte.

• A culture which supports diversity in all its forms and inclusion as a leader led, shared value. Programs such as Deloitte Dads, a photo exhibition which celebrated the accessibility and value of the parental leave policy for fathers, and the global Deloitte ALL-IN commitment.

• A focus on continual learning, with mandatory inclusive leadership training, a robust coaching structure including mentoring and sponsorship of women, and Aspiring Women, a 12-month development and career acceleration program for high-potential women.

Margaret Dreyer, Deloitte Australia’s Inclusion, Diversity & Wellbeing National Lead Partner, notes that the firm’s Inspiring Women program has been a sustained, strategic and scalable program designed and implemented over more than a decade to ensure gender equality becomes the norm. "While we are still on a journey to meet our targets, we are very proud of our results to date,” she said. “Since 2015, we have seen representation of women on the Executive Leadership team increase from 15% to 38% in 2019, and the percentage of female Partners at the firm has increased from 22% to 30% over the same period. While recognising there is still much work for us to do to progress workplace inclusion, it shows what can be achieved when you have a sustained focus on gender equality as a business imperative."

The Catalyst Award follows Deloitte taking out the number one spot in the 20 Best Australian Workplaces for New Dads 2019 List published by HBF’s Direct Advice For Dads in December 2019.

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For further information:

Margaret Dreyer

National Lead Partner, Inclusion, Diversity & Wellbeing

T: +61 2 9322 5115


Ben Findlay

Corporate Affairs & Communications

T: +61 2 9322 7247



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