The economic empowerment of women
In today's global economy where there are both markets of slow growth and rapid expansion, as well as continuing risks of economic recovery and financial stability, women represent a critical piece of the solution, both as an emerging market and an under-utilized human resource. Despite past efforts over decades to advance the economic empowerment of women, progress has been slow. Addressing this issue is more than just about “fairness.” Inequality in gender empowerment also raises serious economic issues for countries at all stages of development, and considerable business challenges for all kinds of enterprises; particularly for those that value and rely on human skills and resources.
Deloitte is an active participant in advancing the economic empowerment of women
Our network of member firms are contributing to the various public discussions and forums, including research and thought leadership, and are developing innovative talent management approaches and community investment programs with the goals of advancing women’s economic empowerment throughout the world.
Greater gender equality creates the potential for better, more informed decision-making in our societies, an educated and diverse source of talent for private and public institutions, and role models who can be an inspiration to billions of women and men worldwide.
In addition, as a founding signatory of the UN Global Compact, Deloitte promotes principles of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. As a co-developer of the Women's Empowerment Principles and signatory of the CEO Statement of Support, Deloitte works to advance the empowerment of women in the workplace, marketplace, and community.
- Wendy Schmidt, Partner, Financial Advisory Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP, was named to represent Deloitte on the Women's Empowerment Principles Leadership Group by DTTL CEO Barry Salzberg in September 2011.
- To mark International Women's Day 2012, Deloitte was well-represented at UN/Women's Empowerment Principles events. Kristen Sullivan, Partner, Sustainability Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP, spoke on March 5 on "Impact Investing." Juliet Bourke, Partner, Human Capital, Deloitte Australia, represented Deloitte at the Women's Empowerment Principles Leadership Group event on March 6.
- Annually, Deloitte celebrates World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. On 21 May 2012, DTTL sponsored and participated in the UN "Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion" social media campaign to create greater awareness for diversity and inclusion in Deloitte member firms and beyond.
- Deloitte Brazil hosted Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. In June 2012, DTTL Global Diversity sponsored the launch of the revamped Women's Empowerment Principles website as part of Rio +20 with monetary and volunteer contributions from the Leadership Group.