Employer of Choice for Gender Equality
We have two complementary aspects to our corporate vision. The first is to remain the professional services firm of choice for women. The second is to be seen as Australia’s most inspiring professional services firm. These two aspirations are inseparable. We cannot achieve one without the other.
Deloitte has been recognised as one of only 76 organisations that have been awarded the 2014 Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).
Reflecting the more rigorous requirements, the 76 citation recipients highlights a decrease from the predecessor citation, the EOWA Employer of Choice for Women, which was last awarded in 2012 to 125 recipients. Deloitte received this citation for 11 consecutive years.
What makes the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality significant for the firm is the recognition of our sustained commitment to our Inspiring Women’s Strategy, launched in 2000, and our flagship program, Deloitte Business Woman of the Year (2003), led by both Margaret Dreyer, Senior Partner and Deloitte board member and Alec Bashinsky, National Partner, People and Performance.
As a leadership team we have been very clear that this is not about experimenting with the latest fad, but recognising that gender equality requires a long term view and commitment to remain focussed on driving change.
“Inspiring Women benefits all employees, including men, as it drives change in the workforce. Unless we have men, as well as women, involved as Inspiring Women champions we will not achieve what we set out to achieve.” Margaret Dreyer, Senior Partner
Driven by the leadership of the firm
Inspiring Women is led by Senior Partner and Deloitte board member Margaret Dreyer and People & Performance Partner, Alec Bashinsky.
A number of senior partners - both women and men across the firm represent their regional office and service line as Inspiring Women champions. This ensures that everyone at Deloitte is aware of, and able to support and participate in the program. It also ensures higher levels of engagement are achieved and key messages developed at this granular level. These Inspiring Women champions report to the CEO on the progress and outcomes of the program.
To drive an inclusive culture across the firm’s leadership, our CEO has incorporated performance metrics that measure business segment leaders on the number of women leaders as well as the retention of women in their teams.