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PwC takes inclusivity plaudits

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London: PwC has won the Inclusive Culture Award at the Opportunity Now Awards and, with seven other professional service and consulting firms, has been voted one of the top 50 employers for women in the UK.

The Inclusive Culture Award recognises work which is creating equality at an organisational and cultural level. PwC was awarded the prize for its 'Open Mind' programme which has delivered awareness training to 15,872 people in the organisation on unconscious personal biases and how they can impact decision making and working.

Accenture, Capgemini UK, Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young, IBM United Kingdom Limited, KPMG, McKinsey & Company and PwC all made the Top 50 Employers for Women list, featured in The Times last week. The list features public and private sector employers and is managed by Opportunity Now, the gender campaign from Business in the Community. They review the organisations' submissions to understand and assess what they're doing internally and externally to promote gender equality, diversity and inclusion, create opportunities for women in a wider context, and create culture change.

Helen Wells, Director of Opportunity Now, said: "Any organisation included in the Times Top 50 Employers for Women list has to be commended for its commitment to actively recruiting, retaining and progressing female talent.

"Businesses are dependent on having a highly motivated and diverse workforce and being included in the list demonstrates a focus on creating an inclusive and diverse workplace that utilises the skills and talent of a diverse workforce. It's a clear statement that senior leaders see this as a commercial imperative, not a women's issue."

Gaenor Bagley, head of people at PwC, said: "Diversity is one of our top people priorities. What's most important is whether our people believe we're doing the right thing for them, and obviously it's always encouraging to be recognised by external bodies.

"We're delighted to receive this accolade as we continue in our efforts to improve gender equality through, for example, our people networks, mentoring and recruitment programmes, and newly formed Diversity Council."

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