NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PwC US has been named in the top ten of the Working Mother "100 Best Companies" list for the eighth consecutive year. PwC was inducted into Working Mother's "100 Best" Hall of Fame two years ago and has now appeared 17 times in this prominent benchmark for work-life practices in corporate America.
"We're pleased that Working Mother continues to recognize our longstanding commitment to working parents," says Maria Moats, PwC's Chief Diversity Officer. "I understand the challenges of being a dedicated parent and giving my best at work. At PwC, we believe that our people can be both great parents and great professionals. Our programs, benefits and supportive culture are designed with that belief in mind."
PwC has made significant investments to support working parents by offering best-in-class parental leave, emergency backup childcare, sabbaticals and networking circles, among other family-friendly benefits. The firm's consistent support for working parents is notable at a time when many companies are challenged to uphold programs and benefits for employees.
"With more than 169,000 women hired last year, this year's 100 Best Companies make up an impressive group of winners who offer family-driven programs and benefits that far outpace their competitors," said Carol Evans, President, Working Mother Media. "This year's winning companies are proof that success lies in the numbers—97 percent of companies are offering prenatal education, weight-loss, wellness, and stress-reduction programs to employees at every level."
PwC will be celebrated at this year's Working Mother 100 Best Companies WorkLife Congress, October 18-20, 2011, in New York City.
The 100 Best Companies, as well as national comparisons, are profiled in the October issue of Working Mother and at workingmother.com/bestcompanies. Working Mother is a division of Bonnier Corporation.
In addition to the Working Mother list, PwC has been recognized for its people initiatives in other ways. For example, PwC was inducted into Training magazine's Top 10 Hall of Fame after becoming the only company ever to achieve the top ranking in the "Training Top 125" for three consecutive years (2008-2010). PwC also ranked No.3 in the 2011 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity® and has consistently been named among FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For." For a list of other awards and recognition achieved by PwC, visit the "About us" section at www.pwc.com.
Companies were selected for the 2011 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an extensive application with more than 650 questions that surveys the usage, availability and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them. Seven areas were measured and scored for the 2011 initiative: workforce profile, benefits, women's issues and advancement, child care, flexible work, parental leave and company culture. For this year's 100 Best, particular weight was given to benefits, flexibility and parental leave.
For more information on applying for the 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies, visit www.wmmsurveys.com. The 2012 online application will be available in mid-December and due by early March 2012. All companies that apply, including those that don't make the Working Mother 100 Best Companies list, receive feedback showing how they compare with all other applicants.
About Working Mother Media
Working Mother magazine reaches 2.2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers; WorkingMother.com (www.workingmother.com) gives working mothers @home and @work advice, solutions, and ideas. This year marks the 26th anniversary of Working Mother's signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, and the ninth year of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women. Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation (www.bonnier.com), includes the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE, www.nafe.com), Diversity Best Practices (www.diversitybestpractices.com), and the Working Mother Research Institute. Working Mother Media's mission is to serve as a champion of culture change.
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