Our awards and employee networks
While our work is rewarding, we’re always delighted and honoured when respected organisations recognise our achievements.
EY has been named the 2018 Employer of the Year for LGBTI Inclusion through the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), which includes maintaining our Gold Employer recognition for the third successive year. The EY LGBTI network, Unity, also saw its EY Oceania Leader, Gina Mills, win the Inspirational Role Model award at the 2018 New Zealand LGBTI Awards for her work in raising awareness and providing support in the LGBTI community.
Across EY Oceania, we continue to work hard to ensure that everyone has access to the same opportunities, no matter what gender, sexual orientation, ability or cultural background they have.
Tony Johnson, EY Oceania Chief Executive Officer & Regional Managing Partner:
"Our top ranking in the AWEI awards recognises our determination to create a work environment where everyone can be comfortable bringing their whole selves to work. It also reflects the encouragement and reassurance our LGBTI people and allies receive from our supportive policies and practices.
We continue to champion a focus on mental health for LGBTI youth across Australia through our ongoing collaboration with ReachOut and also with our contribution to diverse sporting teams like the Sydney Convicts."
We have also successfully retained the accolade of WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender for the past 15 years and are proud of our focussed attention in bringing the gender pay gap down to less than 1%.
We truly believe we are an inclusive organisation where people should be free to be themselves at work. We have targets in place for gender and cultural diversity, not to aid decision making but to focus our attention. We have structure in place to allow our people to access the flexibility they need to be able to integrate their work and lives and we have employee network groups to provide support to our people.
Our employee networks are all founded and managed by our people at a grassroots level to support a range of needs and allow them to connect with colleagues of similar origin, ethnicity, religion, background or family. The network groups are open to everyone who wants to find out more, show their support and celebrate the diversity we have at EY. Examples of these include:
- Ability EY, our network for those living with, caring for or allies of those with a disability
- CD@EY, our largest cultural diversity network which supports our culturally diverse leaders and emerging leaders to realise their potential, and to foster two-way dialogue and knowledge sharing between professionals of different heritages and faiths.
- Our Māori employee network in New Zealand and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander network in Australia
- Our Gender Network, which aims to further progress gender equality in the workplace
A selection of our accolades and affiliations: