Deloitte Recognized for Support of UN's Women's Empowerment Principles

Affirms commitment to diversity and inclusion as core to organization

Jun 25, 2010, 15:52 ET from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

NEW YORK, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Deloitte has been recognized at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit for its support of the Women's Empowerment Principles, launched by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the United Nations Global Compact.

These principles offer companies guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace, and community. They emphasize the business case for promoting gender equality and women's empowerment, providing a "gender lens" through which business can survey and analyze current initiatives, benchmarks and reporting practices.

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (DTT) CEO Jim Quigley affirmed the Deloitte organization's commitment to the empowerment of women, and the importance of diversity and inclusion to its business strategy, by signing the CEO Statement of Support for the Principles.

"Harnessing strength from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives allows Deloitte member firm professionals to bring a more diverse perspective to their client engagements, as well as create a culture that is a magnet for talent," said Quigley. "The Women's Empowerment Principles are a means to further underscore our commitment to promote gender equality throughout the Deloitte organization and to our communities worldwide."

Deloitte representatives, including DTT's Chief Diversity Officer and Global Managing Director of Talent, Jim Wall, contributed insights and provided feedback on the Principles as they were being developed.

"The advancement and development of women is a business imperative for any organization," said Wall. "The Principles provide a guideline for companies to create an environment where both men and women can advance and realize their full potential."

DTT, a founding signatory to the Global Compact, is strongly committed to the empowerment of women throughout the Deloitte organization and in the community. One of the goals of the Diversity and Inclusion strategy at Deloitte is to increase the representation of women in leadership positions throughout the organization. To this end, Deloitte has instituted a number of initiatives, including  mentoring programs, skills-building workshops, and networking sessions, aimed at helping Deloitte women enhance the skills and connections they need to progress in their careers.

"Strength from cultural diversity is one of the key pillars at Deloitte," said Wall. "Women and men bring diverse perspectives to client engagements, providing more valuable solutions together and contributing to the overall growth and sustainability of the organization."

To learn more about Diversity and Inclusion at Deloitte, please visit www.deloitte.com/diversity

For more information regarding DTT's participation in the UN Global Compact, visit the Deloitte website.

As used in this press release, "Deloitte" means Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and its member firms.

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