PwC brings in the experts to help drive Diversity efforts

14 April 2015

PwC Chief Executive Luke Sayers today announced the members of an external advisory board charged with moving the firm towards greater diversity and inclusion among its people.

"PwC is determined to be different and our external advisory board is one of the ways we are doing this," Mr Sayers said. "This is a continuation of our deep commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

"PwC signed the Women's Empowerment Principals and are a member of Pride and the Diversity Council of Australia.

"We continue to pilot and develop innovative programs; and we are now seeking external advisors who can help to ensure we meet our goals and learn from the best practice across Australia and globally."

The external members are:

  • Paul Zahra, former Chief Executive and Managing Director of David Jones Limited
  • Graeme Innes AM, former Disability Discrimination Commissioner and Australian Human Rights Commissioner
  • Dawn Hough, Director, Pride in Diversity
  • Prof. Robert Wood, Director, Centre for Ethical Leadership
  • Nareen Young Director PwC Indigenous Consulting and former CEO of Diversity Council Australia
  • Benjamin Chow AO Deputy Chair, NSW Multicultural Business Advisory Panel
  • Julie McKay, Executive Director, UN Women Australia

Mr Sayers said the role of the Advisory Board is to work closely with PwC' s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Marcus Laithwaite and provide valuable counsel as the firm implements its diversity and inclusion strategies.

Advisory Board Member Julie McKay said: "PwC Australia has some exciting initiatives on gender equality I am pleased to join their board as well as have PwC and UN Women Australia partner to work towards achieving our shared goals."

Advisory Board member Paul Zahra said: "I commend PwC for focusing on diversity and inclusion as more diverse ideas brought to the table means greater innovation which leads to growth.

"However, creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce is not just a sound business objective, it is the right thing to do.

"The Board will support PwC to generate greater awareness of the issue and encourage people to stop and think if they are being inclusive in their decision making."

PwC have a focus on five dimensions of diversity - gender, cultural background, disability, and sexual orientation and generational.

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