Ernst & Young selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for
TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Companies with sustainable inclusiveness
initiatives have a competitive advantage in a globalized economy, says
Ernst & Young, one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2012.
"Diversity of thought and experience can help lead to improved
problem-solving, ability to take advantage of global opportunities, and
avoidance of groupthink", says Fiona Macfarlane, Chief Inclusiveness
Officer, Ernst & Young. "By 'stirring up the pot' in positive ways,
diversity can encourage intellectual debate and conflict, which helps
lead to innovation, potentially putting a company ahead of its
For the fifth consecutive year, Ernst & Young has been named one of
Canada's Best Diversity Employers, a reflection of the firm's continued
efforts to build and grow unique programs that promote diversity and
inclusiveness internally, in the marketplace and in the community.
Macfarlane finds more and more business leaders making inclusiveness a
priority. Referring to a recent Ernst & Young report Winning in a polycentric world, she notes that 53% of business leaders agree that diversity of teams
and experience improves both reputation and financial performance.
However, there is still more work to be done. Macfarlane stresses that
to really engrain inclusiveness in your corporate culture, you've got
to set the tone from the top and implement strategies that teach by
"We continue to challenge our leaders to cultivate and marshal
innovative ideas from individuals with a variety of backgrounds," says
Macfarlane. "It's an honour to be included on this list of Best
Diversity Employers because, as a global organization, we build
inclusiveness into everything we do. This shows that our actions really
are working. These programs are key to attracting and retaining the
best talent, and delivering high-quality client service."
About Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and
advisory services. Worldwide, our 152,000 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.
Ernst & Young 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.
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