Diversity a business imperative despite recession: Ernst & Young

    Firm chosen as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2009

    TORONTO, Feb. 24 /CNW/ - Leveraging diverse teams and handling clients'
changing expectations is crucial to surviving the recession, says Ernst &
Young - one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2009.
    "Our clients need our expertise and advice now more than ever," explains
Karen Wensley, Ernst & Young's Canadian HR Director. "Building teams of people
with varying perspectives, backgrounds and skills helps us provide the best
approach for our clients here in Canada, and around the world."
    Wensley says companies - and even countries and economies - that offer
differing viewpoints can have an enormous advantage. "We've got to reject the
kind of 'groupthink' that contributed to the economic trouble we're facing
today. Diverse thinking helps organizations better assess risk and generate
new ideas."
    Opening corporate doors to people from varied backgrounds and groups is
an important step - but only the first of many, she says: "Welcoming diversity
and building an inclusive workplace are part of who we are as an organization.
That doesn't change when the economy does. We're always measuring our results
to see how we can better meet our people's needs, and our clients'
    Wensley says pursuing your diversity agenda regardless of fluctuations in
the market also encourages employee loyalty. It can help recruit and retain
top talent now, and after the economic storm recedes.
    As one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2009, Ernst & Young was
recognized for exemplary diversity initiatives in five employee groups (women,
members of visual minorities, persons with disabilities, aboriginal people,
and lesbian, gay bisexual and transgendered/transsexual peoples). This is the
second consecutive year Ernst & Young has made the list. Other recent awards

    -   Best Workplaces in Canada 2008
    -   Best Employers for New Canadians 2008
    -   Alberta's Best Workplaces for Working Parents 2008
    -   Alberta's Best Workplaces for Millennials 2008
    -   Greater Toronto's Top 75 Employers 2009
    -   The Immigrant Success Awards 2008 (Fiona Macfarlane received the CBC
        Toronto Business Leadership Award)

    About Ernst & Young

    Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and
advisory services. Worldwide, our 135,000 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. For more information, please visit ey.com/ca.

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