Ernst and Young recognised as an Employer of Choice for Women for the tenth year in a row
Monday, 7 March 2011 — For the tenth consecutive year, EY has been recognised by the Equal Opportunity in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) for Equal Opportunity programs that recognise and advance women in the workforce.
EY have been awarded the EOWA citation every year since the citation’s inception in 2001.
EY’s Oceania Diversity and Inclusiveness Leader Edyta Torpy said the firm’s decade of recognition from EOWA demonstrated that EY was consistently making progress in its ongoing commitment to create a diverse and inclusive organisation.
“We are thrilled that EOWA has recognised EY for the tenth consecutive year. The citation acknowledges that we have been building a culture where the individual differences of our people are celebrated and where women are supported to achieve their potential.
“We are committed to fostering an environment that enables all our people to have both a fulfilling career and balance their personal commitments,” Ms Torpy said.
Some of the areas that EY has progressed over the past year to further the success of women in the firm are:
- The introduction of gender targets to help focus efforts in achieving greater female representation at senior levels in the organisation by developing a robust pipeline of female talent
- Extending paid parental leave from 12 to 14 weeks for people with more than one and less than five years’ service, and to 18 weeks for people with five or more years’ service. As well as ‘return to work’ benefits to support returning employees with coaching, development programs and domestic assistance
- Reviewing key people processes through a diversity and inclusiveness lens to ensure that no one group is unfairly disadvantaged over another
“At EY, we believe that gender equity is inextricably linked to our success as an organisation – through providing our people with the inclusive culture that they deserve, and by providing our clients with the innovative business solutions that they expect. Our commitment is authentic and we recognise that achieving our goals is going to require a long term effort – one which we are ready to embrace,” Ms Torpy said.
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