PwC shares 10 diversity and inclusion lessons

The launch is part of PwC's third Global Diversity Week

TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2016 /CNW/ - In today's fast moving world, achieving diversity and inclusion is a critical challenge and opportunity for all organizations around the world. To make progress, diversity must be embedded into the organization's DNA – and leadership must be committed to and accountable for diversity.

These are just two of the 10 lessons put forward in a new PwC report – launched today – that looks at how we approach diversity and inclusion and the progress we've made.

Titled The PwC diversity journey: Creating impact, achieving results, the report covers our key milestones such as the introduction of our Global Inclusion Index to drive enhanced leadership accountability.

The report also featured regional milestones in moving the mark on creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace throughout the network of firms. PwC Canada is highlighted for the impact "Employee Network Groups" have had on creating a more inclusive work environment and takes a look at how GLEE (Gay, Lesbian and Everyone Else) Network, established in 2006, creates a supportive environment for LGBT partners and staff.

Bob Moritz, Chairman of PwC International, says: "Embracing diversity and inclusion makes business sense and more importantly is the right thing to do.  By sharing experiences and ideas we can all learn from each other and drive the change we need."

PwC Canada Chief Inclusion Officer Leigh Chalmers adds: "While there is still room to move the mark on diversity, this report confirms that we are on the right track. 83% of Canadian employees believe PwC is an inclusive environment where individual differences are valued and respected. We're thrilled with this number but we're not stopping there. The leadership at PwC Canada have set a goal of achieving 50/50 gender equality in partner admits by 2020 as part of our commitment to achieving gender parity at all levels within the firm."

The ten valuable lessons highlighted in the report are:

  1. Tailor the business case, then make it resonate
  2. Recognize there is no 'quick fix'
  3. No leadership commitment, no accountability, no progress
  4. Use data analytics in planning the program…  
  5. …and use data analytics in executing the program
  6. One size does not fit all cultures
  7. Embed D&I within organizational DNA
  8. A focus on inclusion from day 1
  9. Recognize performance over presence
  10. Engage the masses

For the full PwC diversity journey: Creating impact, achieving results report please visit

Ramping up support for HeForShe

PwC has joined forces with the United Nations to develop a new Building Gender IQ eLearn module that seeks to educate people around the world on the importance and benefits of gender diversity in the workplace and beyond. Available soon, the module will be accessible and free to anyone in the world.

As a HeForShe Impact 10x10x10 Corporate Champion, Bob Moritz, Chairman of PwC International, will join world leaders, change-makers, activists and celebrities at a United Nations event in New York on Tuesday 20 September to mark the second anniversary of the HeForShe movement.

Bob Moritz will be a keynote speaker along with His Excellency Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland, and Emma Watson, actor and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador. The event will be livestreamed at 19:00 New York time at:

Says Bob Moritz, Chairman of PwC International: "For PwC, HeForShe is about realising everyone's full potential. We are very proud to release the Building Gender IQ learning module to raise awareness and encourage action to create an equal world for men and women."

Global Diversity Week

Today marks the start of PwC's third annual Global Diversity Week (GDW), a series of events and activities aimed at making sure everyone at PwC understands the business case for diversity and what he or she can personally do to become even more inclusive.

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