DiversityInc Names EY Top Company for Global Cultural Competence

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New York, 12 October 2012 — DiversityInc recognized the global EY organization as the Top Company for Global Cultural Competence at an awards dinner yesterday evening, concluding the first of its two-day event series in New York City titled Diversity-Management Best Practices From the Best of the Best. EY was honored for its expansion of diversity management efforts on a global basis, and the organization’s ability to remain locally sensitive to cultural beliefs while creating an inclusive workplace culture.

“EY takes great pride in being the most globally integrated professional services organization, and diversity and inclusiveness are fundamental to maintaining this competitive advantage,” said Steve Howe, EY Americas Area Managing Partner, who accepted the award. “We need to be global leaders to serve our clients effectively, and we couldn’t do that without an inclusive environment that respects and involves all cultures. This is why inclusiveness is at the top of our agenda — and why we’re thrilled to accept this award from DiversityInc.”

Throughout the dinner, DiversityInc recognized eight companies that exceeded the levels of leadership and innovation that determine diversity management success. The awards were based on an analysis of data submitted as part of the annual DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity survey, as well as an examination of the organizations’ initiatives by the DiversityInc editorial staff.

“EY has a strong emphasis on global values that permeates the organization, from the very top through all its firms’ client-facing leaders. The organization has global resource groups and global supplier-diversity standards,” said Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc.

In naming EY the recipient of the award, DiversityInc also highlighted that cultural competence and harassment/discrimination training are emphasized throughout the global organization, as are talent identification and development for underrepresented groups.

“This award is important to EY because we believe the definition of diversity is expanding beyond just gender and ethnicity to differences in culture, generation, technical knowledge, home country and more,” added Karyn Twaronite, Americas Inclusiveness Officer, for the EY organization. “To leverage the power of these evolving differences across our global business, we must be culturally competent. We believe our signature professional networks, training and development programs, and commitment to inclusive leadership are helping us grow these competencies, and it’s tremendous to have a leader like DiversityInc recognize this.”

Both Howe and Twaronite presented during the first day of the event. Howe was the featured speaker during the “Corporate Diversity at the Top: Q&A With Luke Visconti” session. Twaronite was one of three chief diversity officers hosting a networking lunch session, specifically leading the discussion on “Diversity Metrics and Accountability.” Ernst & Young LLP was also a sponsor of the event. 

This was DiversityInc’s fourth year awarding companies for their exemplary achievements across the areas of diversity management. Click here for more information about the event. 

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 167,000 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.

For more information, please visit www.ey.com.

EY refers to the global organization 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. This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, a member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited that provides professional services to clients in the US.

About DiversityInc

Founded in 1998, DiversityInc is the leading source of information on diversity-management for national corporations. As a consultancy and publisher of two websites and a magazine, DiversityInc brings education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity through its benchmarking and consulting services, living textbook, DiversityIncBestPractices.com, and annual events. Its clients include prominent companies in the banking, media, automotive, insurance, healthcare and retail industries. DiversityInc is located in Princeton, New Jersey and is owned and operated by CEO Luke Visconti.