Deloitte CEO leading the advancement of womenDOWNLOAD
Giam Swiegers, CEO of professional services firm Deloitte, has been awarded the ‘Leading CEO for the Advancement of Women’ in the Australian Government’s EOWA Business Achievement Awards. Deloitte was the only big four accounting firm to make it through to the finals.
The EOWA (Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency) highlighted Giam Swiegers "unequivocal and uncompromising approach to developing future female leaders in his professional services firm". Deloitte was also one of the five finalists for the "Leading organisation for the advancement of women for more than 500 employees," which was won by ANZ Bank.
Giam Swiegers is credited with appointing the largest number of female partners (13) of the big four in Australia this year. Female partners now represent 15% of the partnership. Seven females have also recently been appointed as lead client service partners for the firm’s strategic clients, powerful and prominent roles in the firm.
Seventy per cent of the female partners have negotiated flexible working arrangements. Deloitte’s preparedness to offer flexibility to its employees is a key factor in achieving an 81% return of employees from parental leave (up from 67% in 2004). More than 44% of all Deloitte’s promotions this year were women.
On winning the award, Giam Swiegers said: "Equal opportunity is a critical success factor for Deloitte’s growth and we will not succeed until we get it right. At a time when the wider Australian professional services sector is losing many of its talented professional services business women to local and international industry and commerce, it is a business imperative to retain this talent, if we are to win the war for talent in this country."
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Kevin Andrews, presented the awards and commended the individuals and organisations that are making a difference to women. "The winners represent the growing band of individuals and organisations that understand the value of embracing the diversity of the workforce and its changing demographic to enable the full participation of every individual," he said.
EOWA Director, Anna McPhee says: "The Awards are evidence of the progress we have made in Equal Opportunity. EO is no longer simply about writing policies but understanding that it can provide competitive advantage. With the business leaders’ personal commitment, EO is becoming embedded in an organisation’s culture."
The EOWA citation is not the only equal opportunity initiative the Deloitte CEO is celebrating this month. The firm has just announced the two winners of the national Deloitte Businesswomen of the Year awards. Jody Burton from Assurance & Advisory won in the Director / Manager category and Kylie Warren from the People & Performance team won in the Analyst / Senior Analyst category.
In its second year, the Deloitte Businesswoman of the Year Award is a national competition that honours and recognises the exceptional women within Deloitte whose professional tenacity and dedication inspire people everyday. It showcases, celebrates and recognises women who have achieved outstanding success at Deloitte.
Giam Swiegers said: "Jody Burton and Kylie Warren are extraordinary talents, with superior leadership and communication skills. They have an insatiable need to exceed and are truly inspirational women.
"I am looking forward to helping them grow their careers. I know they will also share their skills and assist others achieve what they have achieved. They are both impressive representatives for Deloitte," Giam Swiegers said.
This year’s awards process was very successful, with nominations trebled compared to last year. The judges of the award included the Deloitte senior executive, Fiona Sharkie (Office of Women's Policy); Kathleen Townsend (Telstra Businesswoman of the Year judge); Sam Sheppard (Vice President of Human Resources - GE); Marisa Vecchio (QLD Telstra Businesswoman of the Year); Judy Potter (CEO - SA Great); and Kerri Thompson (Managing Director - Advanced Materials - GE).
The Deloitte Businesswoman of the Year awards are one of a number of activities that form part of Deloitte’s ‘Inspiring Women’ strategy to become the professional services firm of choice for talented women.