Deloitte Switzerland advances in gender equity with EDGE Move certification

Posted on July 20th, 2022

Deloitte Switzerland, part of the global network of Deloitte, has obtained EDGE Move certification, showcasing progress in workplace gender equity. This is the second certification for Deloitte Switzerland after its first EDGE Assess certification in 2013.

EDGE is the leading global assessment and business certification for gender and intersectional equity. The certification process involves a rigorous third-party review of representation across the pipeline, pay equity, effectiveness of policies and practices, and inclusiveness of an organization’s culture. As an integral part of the assessment, statistical data is analysed, policies and practices are reviewed, and employees receive a comprehensive survey to assess perceptions of career development opportunities in the workplace.

Reinitiating its EDGE certification journey, Deloitte Switzerland is demonstrating its commitment and progress towards its goal of achieving workplace gender equity. The assessment showcased the firm’s balanced gender representation at the more junior grades along with a positive employee experience in terms of career development opportunities.

Deloitte Switzerland has a good framework of effective policies and practices in place to ensure equitable career flows in equal pay for equivalent work recruitment and promotion. The firm has established female development and mentoring programs, addressing students and graduates as well as managers and senior leadership. In addition, Deloitte has invested significantly in trainings for inclusive leadership and overcoming unconscious bias.

As part of its EDGE action plan, Deloitte will be taking bold measures as part of its attraction and retention efforts to accelerate its journey towards gender balance, especially at the more senior levels. By 2030, the firm aims to achieve a 50:50 representation of females firm-wide, with 45% female leadership and 30% female partners.

Aniela Unguresan, Founder of EDGE Certified Foundation, believes that the firm’s continued journey toward workplace gender equity emphasizes the relevance of the subject in recent times: “Deloitte Switzerland is exhibiting its commitment to gender equity in the workplace, leading the way in an industry which traditionally has been struggling to maintain a gender-balanced representation at the top of the talent pipeline. The organization in the future will continue working to create a more gender-balanced workplace with the goal of addressing the underrepresentation of women at the highest level of responsibility. Deloitte has opportunities to continue improving women’s perception regarding the compatibility of career and family by securing the uptake of flexible work models by both men and women”.

Liza Engel, Chief People Officer at Deloitte: “The Edge Move certification recognises Deloitte’s progress to become an even more diverse and inclusive firm. We stand for equality and will continue to invest in a work environment where all our people can thrive and have access to the same opportunities for personal growth and development.”

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