Ernst & Young recognised as an Employer of Choice for Women 11th year running
Tuesday 13 March 2012 — Ernst & Young has been named a 2012 Employer of Choice for Women (EOCFW) by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA), the eleventh consecutive year the firm has been included on the prestigious list.
The 2012 EOCFW citation list, launched in Perth today, acknowledges organisations that are actively recognising and advancing women in the workplace.
Ernst & Young has received an EOCFW citation every year since the program’s inception in 2001.
Ernst & Young’s Oceania Diversity and Inclusiveness Council Chair, Lynn Kraus, said the citation was recognition of the firm’s ongoing commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture in the workplace.
“At Ernst & Young we believe that gender equality is inextricably linked to our success as an organisation and we are very pleased to have again been recognised by EOWA for our work in this area,” Kraus said.
Some of the areas that Ernst & Young has focused to further the success of women at the firm include:
- Establishing a Diversity and Inclusiveness Council to act as a strategic advisory panel and sounding board to the Oceania Executive team on gender equality and other diversity issues.
- Setting gender targets to help increase the rate of women in leadership roles within the firm. Two-thirds of our Australian offices are now under the leadership of female Office Managing Partners and the representation of women among the Oceania Executive ranks has also increased.
- Promoting the topic of gender equality in the workplace on a wider stage through the publication of a series of thought leadership papers entitled “Women in Leadership”, and presenting the inaugural annual diversity council debate in conjunction with the Diversity Council of Australia during 2011.
- Extending paid parental leave from 12 to 14 weeks for people with between one and five years of service, and to 18 weeks for people with five or more years service. Additionally, Ernst & Young offers a ‘Parental Leave Mentoring” program allowing parents returning to work to benefit from the experience of employees who has previously taken parental leave.
“Ernst & Young’s ongoing dedication to gender equality and diversity in the workplace is clearly visible through the significant increase of women within our partner and leadership ranks over the last few years.
“We recognise that diversity and inclusiveness is an area that requires ongoing long term effort, and we remain committed to fostering a culture where all of our people are encouraged and supported to achieve their potential,” Kraus said.
EOWA Director, Helen Conway, said the war for talent was heating up, with 125 organisations qualifying for the Agency’s national EOCFW citation this year.
“Leaders from across Australia from a diverse range of industries are realising the business benefits of receiving the EOCFW citation,” Conway said. “This year’s successful applications are trailblazers in the war for talent and I congratulate them for their innovation and commitment to improving gender equality in the workplace.”
About Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 152,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential.
Ernst & Young refers to the global organisation of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit www.ey.com.
This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young Australia, a member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited.
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.
Ernst & Young Australia
Tel: +61 2 9726 9305 or 0418 835 849