PwC Australia Luke Sayers has been named CEO of the Year at the Pride In Diversity Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) awards.
The award recognises Sayers’ advocacy and contribution to promoting LGBTI inclusion within PwC and nationally.
On receiving the award, Sayers said he was truly humbled. He emphasised that the award was a reflection of the firm’s LGBTI network (GLEE) and leaders, who are committed to creating a workplace where everyone can bring their whole selves to work.
“The passion and commitment of our LGBTI network are behind the many achievements our firm has made in this space in recent years,” Sayers said.
“In particular, I could not be prouder of the work our team has played in support of the marriage equality campaign since 2015, when we became one of the first corporate supporters.
“We combined our economics and analytics skills to support the campaign team, raised funds, and placed our brand at the centre of the conversation to positively influence our political leaders.
“Across our firm, we also held ‘You Can’t Ask That’ Q&A sessions to engage our non-LGBTI employees in the marriage equality conversation, and we supported our LGBTI people through mental health training sessions and support over the time of the postal survey.
“Our people’s dedication to ensuring a more inclusive workplace for not only our LGBTI employees, but bringing all our people closer together, is something that fills me with great pride,” Luke said.
PwC Australia’s chief of staff, James Collins, received the Executive Leader Award for his unwavering courage, passion and leadership. James was instrumental in setting up the GLEE network and pioneered the establishment of PwC Australia’s LGBTI Authentic Leaders program.
Meanwhile, PwC Australia was awarded bronze status in the AWEI index, a national benchmark on LGBTI workplace inclusion.
PwC’s Sydney Client Collaboration Floors, designed by architectural and design firm Futurespace, has won the prestigious Good Design Award® Best in Class in the Architectural Design category 2018.
The four client collaboration floors are situated at the mid levels of PwC’s Barangaroo Tower One and are dedicated to working with clients. This environment has become the benchmark for future client spaces in Australia.
The Good Design Awards jury said that PwC’s Sydney Client Collaboration Floors were a “brilliant example of the potential of good design to impact business, executed in an elegant presence that aligns with current brand. An inspiring design outcome that connects design and business outcomes in a clever, refined and considered manner. This is design excellence at its best.”
PwC’s New Ways of Working Partner Debra Eckersley said: “There has been a significant increase in client visits since the opening of our new of Client Collaboration Floors and the feedback from our clients and people has focused on being more productive in the new environment.”
The annual Good Design Awards is Australia’s most prestigious Awards program for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services from around the world, excellence in architectural design, digital and communication design and reward emerging areas of design including business model innovation, social impact and design entrepreneurship.
Find out more about PwC’s client spaces and New Ways of Working.
PwC’s The Press has been highly commended in the Mumbrella CommsCon Awards for Australia’s Best Owned Media. The Mumbrella CommsCon Awards celebrate the work of Australasia’s public relations and communications industry.
The 2018 awards saw a record-setting number of entries, with close to 350 submissions. The shortlisted companies faced a panel of more than 70 industry expert judges.
Also highly commended in the awards for Best Internal Communications and Change Management was PwC’s The Difference for their work for insurer QBE on embedding purpose, vision and values.
Since launching last June, The Press, has been instrumental in helping the firm promote its people and our services as well as featuring insights into how and why businesses and communities are changing.
Editions have included exclusive interviews with leading Australian business leaders and politicians including former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and then South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill.
For more information visit: www.pwc.com.au/thepress
PwC is the 50th most valuable brand globally and the most valuable of the big four accounting firms, according to the 2018 Brand Finance Global 500 list.
The PwC brand has jumped 16 places since last year and is now valued at $22.28 billion, a significant increase from $18.5 billion in 2017.
For the first time since its inception, the top five places were dominated by big tech companies - with Amazon securing top spot, closely followed by Apple and Google, with Samsung and Facebook coming in 4th and 5th place. Brand Finance also predicts the dominance of digital will grow even more over the next few years as other brands like Alibaba, Tencent and YouTube make their way up the rankings.
Of the big four, Deloitte came in at 59th on the list (valued at $20.83 billion), followed by EY at 84th ($17.17 billion) and KPMG at 119th ($12.47 billion).
The first Australian owned brand on the list is Telstra, who came in at 120th with a brand value of $15.6 billion.
The Brand Finance list also measures brand strength, with the PwC brand coming in sixth alongside Lego and Google with a score of 90.6 out of 100. This score is based on a brand’s marketing investment, stakeholder equity and business performance, which help inform a brand’s potential for future success.