Experts have recognised PwC for its efforts to work towards gender equality for the eleventh year in a row.
The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is the UK’s most highly profiled and well-established listing of employers striving for gender equality in the workplace. Run by the charity Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network – for more than a decade, the process identifies companies which make gender equality part of their business strategy and are trying to bring it to life at all levels of the organisation.
Applicants are assessed on a range of areas, including their approach to recruitment, family friendly policies and how they have championed gender equality in the context of the pandemic.
PwC has a five point diversity & inclusion plan in place, which includes progression coaches for high potential female directors, and banning all-male recruitment shortlists. During the pandemic, a time code was made available for all employees to charge time spent on caring responsibilities in order to make balancing work and family responsibilities easier.
Sarah Churchman, Chief Inclusion, Communities and Wellbeing Officer at PwC UK, commented:
“It’s a privilege to be recognised for our work to improve gender equality. Over the years that we’ve been focused on diversity, we have learnt that embedding inclusion throughout our culture and processes is key to making progress.
“The past year has been difficult for everyone, and has brought home a realisation that every one of us faces a unique set of challenges. Our research shows that women across the country have been worst hit by the effects of the pandemic, which means society has to be vigilant and take action to ensure progress on gender equality is not reversed.
“Employers have a responsibility to support their people and ensure everyone has access to the same opportunities, so it’s great to see so many UK companies acknowledged for their work - but there is of course more to do.”
Charlotte Woodworth, Gender Equality Director at Business in the Community, said:
“COVID-19 has shone a light on how far we have to go on gender equality: by having to pick up things like the bulk of extra caring responsibilities, women have been disproportionately affected by lockdown.
“We congratulate the many employers who have maintained their efforts towards gender equality at this time, often introducing innovative policies to support their workforce during this period.
"This year’s application process for The Times Top 50 Employers for Women was the most competitive one we have seen in five years. Employers like PwC haven’t forgotten women at work and they are committed to making gender inequality a thing of the past.”
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