Author: Dennis Nally, Chairman, PwC International Ltd.
This year, our 18th Annual Global CEO Survey revealed that 85% of the CEOs whose organisation has a diversity and inclusiveness strategy say it’s enhanced business, while 56% say it’s helped them compete in new industries or countries.
Unsurprisingly, most companies focus primarily on two kinds of diversity: gender diversity and the diversity of knowledge, skills and experience. While companies must expand their inclusion strategies beyond gender to be relevant, it’s important they continue to include gender as a key dimension since women comprise half the world’s population.
And yet, despite years of promoting gender equality, many women and girls around the world continue to face inequalities. Consider this: while women make up 60% of college graduates, only 3% of leaders around the world are women. In most countries, women’s wages represent between 70-90% of men’s, with even lower ratios in some Asian and Latin American countries.
Two things are clear. First, this problem isn’t going to correct itself. And second, to create a more equal world, everyone has a role to play.
To help solve the problem, I’ve joined other CEOs, heads of state and universities to play an active role in HeForShe, a movement for gender equality by UN Women. HeForShe aims to get men more engaged than ever in the fight against gender inequality, through both education and action. The campaign’s based on the premise that gender equality isn’t just a women’s issue, but that men have a crucial role to play too. While we’ve always known this, it’s clear that HeForShe has tapped into a growing trend; men around the world are joining the movement because they understand that gender equality means more choices for women and men, and a much more innovative world for everyone.
We’re proud to be a founding HeforShe champion: one of 10 corporations, 10 universities and 10 governments committed to identifying and testing approaches for addressing gender inequality.
As such, we’ve committed to taking a number of actions, including:
Develop and launch an innovative male-focused gender curriculum with global reach
Lending our educational expertise and footprint to HeForShe, we’ll develop an innovative new curriculum to educate and empower men as gender equality advocates.
Launch a Global Inclusion Index to further increase women in leadership roles
For the first time, we’ll complete a comprehensive global evaluation of the rates of women across levels of PwC, with a specific focus on women in leadership. Based on the insights from this evaluation, each PwC firm will be able to develop tailored interventions to address potential barriers.
Raise the global profile of HeForShe with PwC people, clients, and communities
We’ll lend our full global footprint to HeForShe, driving awareness and action within and beyond PwC. Men will be encouraged to commit online, and take specific actions towards gender equality.
At the launch of HeForShe at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos in January, I also signed the CEO Statement of Support to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles.
Since then, it’s been my personal goal to mention the HeForShe campaign to as many men and women as possible and to make them aware of the crucial role we all have to play to end gender inequality.
Achieving gender equality isn’t going to be an easy task. But, with the support of 195,000 PwC people in 157 countries, I’m confident that we can help make a real difference in the lives of women and girls around the world - and build a much more innovative world where men and women have more choices.
To find out more, visit www.heforshe.org/impact.
Dennis Nally leads the global network of PwC firms. He has extensive experience serving large multinational clients in a variety of industries, principally focusing on technology and life sciences. Dennis is also a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on issues affecting the professional services profession and the global capital markets. Read Dennis Nally's full biography.