“PwC was honoured to be recognised as the AWEI top employer of the year in 2012 and 2015 for our commitment to LGBTI inclusion. We were the first organisation in Australia to receive this award twice.
In 2016, as a platinum tier organisation, we extended our commitment to LGBTI inclusion across three areas:
1. Factbased evidence on the best way to achieve marriage equality
PwC undertook economic modelling on the costs associated with the three parliamentary mechanisms available to change Australia’s current definition of marriage in the Marriage Act, including a plebiscite. The report produced over 25 million media impressions nationally in turn spurring commentary and debate about the issue from politicians, clients, business peers and the general public.
2. Strategic advice to create the Pride Centre
PwC was appointed by the Victorian government to undertake a feasibility study for the establishment of a Pride Centre in Melbourne. The PwC team, led by the real estate advisory practice, established a model for a selfsustaining centre where LGBTI communities could cohabitate, collaborate and share resources. On 20th April 2016, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced $15 million in funding toward the Pride Centre that will serve as a hub for the LGBTI community, as part of its 2016/2017 Victorian Budget. In October 2016, PwC were engaged to support the next phase of the Pride Centre which included further community consultation, the short listing and selection of potential sites and the development of the business case.
3. Engaging broadly on the importance of workplace LGBTI inclusion
We coordinated two CEO roundtables with PiD, with over 30 CEOs from Australia’s largest businesses participating. PwC’s CEO roundtable has now become an established event on the annual PiD calendar.
PwC took a lead role in the creation of the PiD Executive Allies network led by partner Ian Bennett. The group, formed to accelerate LGBTI inclusion in Australian workplaces by leveraging the power of influential and impassioned straight allies, has over 35 members across a range of companies.
We used our media relationships to proactively improve the media’s coverage of workplace issues, in particular to reinforce the importance of workplace inclusion. This included the flagship business package for the 2016 SBS Mardi Gras coverage, which featured PwC and PiD staff. SBS also profiled the Chair of our Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, Paul Zahra.
CEO Luke Sayers was profiled in the AFR’s Boss Magazine and used this platform to advocate for marriage equality in Australia. PwC is proud of the continued progress we have made over the past year in fostering an inclusive culture and we are committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion remains at the centre of our strategy. Through our interactions with our peers and clients in the business community, we continue to encourage others to have a voice on diversity and inclusion.”
“Our long involvement with Pride in Diversity, as a founding member in 2010 and participating in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) every year since, has been key to driving and evaluating our progress around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) workplace inclusion.
We are proud that our internal focus has seen the firm feature consistently in the Top 10 of the AWEI since its inception. We were named employer of the year in 2014, and achieved Platinum Status in 2016, recognising our significant achievements in LGBTI inclusion.
Now, we are excited that our Platinum Status provides the firm the platform to work on a unique inclusion project which will benefit Pride in Diversity, our fellow members and the community at large.”
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