PwC Canada Joins HeForShe in a Powerful Step Towards Gender Equality

  • PwC Canada's newly appointed Chief Inclusion Officer Leigh Chalmers launches call to action in support of HeForShe movement for gender equality
  • Globally, PwC is one of the first organizations in the world to sign on as an IMPACT 10x10x10 Champion

 

TORONTO, June 15, 2015 /CNW/ - As PwC marks its second annual Global Diversity Week, PwC Canada is hosting a series of events as part of its commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion. This includes ramping up efforts in support of HeForShe, the United Nations Women campaign to mobilize 1 billion men and boys around the world for gender equality.

At the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Chairman of PwC International Dennis Nally became an IMPACT 10x10x10 Champion for HeForShe – making PwC one of the first global organizations to commit to taking bold, game-changing action to achieve gender equality within and beyond their institutions. Bill McFarland, PwC Canada's CEO and Senior Partner, proudly made his HeForShe commitment along with the senior partners of all PwC firms around the world earlier this month and is calling on partners and staff at PwC Canada to engage their networks and join the movement.

"Supporting women within and beyond PwC Canada is part of a broader organizational priority to promote diversity and inclusion," said Leigh Chalmers, newly appointed Chief Inclusion Officer at PwC Canada. "As we mark Global Diversity Week we are asking our men – and women – to stand up together for gender equality and pledge in support of HeForShe. The more active a role we play in each other's success, the more we can all realize our full potential."

As part of PwC's partnership with HeForShe, the firm has made a commitment to mobilize 80,000 men – including employees and clients – to take the pledge over the next three years. Whether it's challenging double standards, mentorship or networking, a HeForShe pledge is a practical commitment to take action in the advancement of gender equality –at work or in the community.

Global Diversity Week

In addition to its support of HeForShe, PwC offices around the world have planned activities aimed at engaging every employee in support of diversity and inclusion. This is a priority for PwC leadership at the global and local level. The Canadian firm has organized a series of events to engage all of its 6,500 employees across the country to raise awareness and understanding around what they can do - both as employees and in their communities – to be more inclusive.

PwC's commitment to diversity and supporting the advancement of gender equality extends beyond Global Diversity week. PwC regularly publishes research including The female millennial: A new era of talent, which is based on a survey of 8,756 female millennials (women born between 1980-1995) from 75 countries to find out how they feel about the world of work and their career. PwC also raises awareness around the importance of diversity on PwC's Gender Agenda blog at pwc.blogs.com/gender_agenda and in Canada, PwC's Women in Leadership (WiL) program offers women at the firm mentoring, coaching and practical experience to support their career advancement.

To find out more about PwC's involvement with HeForShe, visit heforshe.com/pwc and www.pwc.com/heforshe.

To learn more about Global Diversity Week, visit pwc.com/diversityweek.

Follow PwC on Twitter at @PwC_Canada_LLP and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pwccanada.

About PwC Canada
PwC Canada helps organizations and individuals create the value they're looking for. More than 6,500 partners and staff in offices across the country are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax, consulting and deals services. PwC Canada is a member of the PwC network of firms with more than 195,000 people in 157 countries. Find out more by visiting us at www.pwc.com/ca.

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SOURCE PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

For further information: David Gollom, T: 416 869 2286, Email: david.i.gollom@ca.pwc.com

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