Women. Fast forward
Research shows it could take 217 years to achieve gender parity. This is simply unacceptable, and we all have a responsibility to confront this challenge head on.
Organizations across Canada and around the world are recognizing the value of embracing gender equity as a business imperative and foundational part of their culture. Studies have shown that women at all levels bring unique and diverse viewpoints that enrich and empower businesses to deliver better, more innovative results for their people, customers and shareholders. And, companies with gender balanced teams report better financial performances overall.
At EY, we’ve implemented the Women. Fast forward program built on four pillars – women in the workplace, women in leadership, women entrepreneurs and women at EY – to reflect our commitment and optimism that achieving gender parity is not only possible, but expected – more quickly than many believe. It focuses on the issues that stand in the way of progress and helps identify how organizations can overcome obstacles and make gender parity a reality.
For every stride we take, we’ll encounter new challenges to address. But in the long run, we will succeed. It’s time to put gender at the forefront of our agenda.
Jad Shimaly, Chairman and CEO, EY Canada
WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE
You wouldn't turn away women customers – would you do the same with your talent?
WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP
Can inclusive leadership be a powerful catalyst for disruption?
Women in the workplace
Women make up more than half the population of the world yet have long been overlooked as a vital talent resource that contributes to economic growth and prosperity. To accelerate closing the gender gap, we'll need to equalize representation in the workplace, both in established economies and emerging markets.
“Women in leadership roles means more diverse ideas, approaches, and ability to genuinely connect with customers through modern means.”
~ Ted Salter, EY's Canadian Consumer Products & Retail Leader
Women in leadership
Women remain under-represented on boards of directors and in the C-suite, despite evidence that companies with women directors have better business outcomes. We’re accelerating the conversation about how – and why – to get more women into leadership roles.
“It’s critical for different parts of the women entrepreneur ecosystem to work collaboratively to accelerate change in a meaningful way.”
~ Tiki Cheung, EY’s GTA Women Entrepreneur Leader
To accelerate growth, we'll need to harness the potential of women entrepreneurs. Our programs, in Canada and globally, empower women entrepreneurs to think bigger, gain access to capital, learn from their peers and find seasoned advisors. These connections help their companies scale, increasing employment and prosperity.