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Deloitte recognized among “World’s Best Workplaces™” and Universum’s “World’s Most Attractive Employer” lists

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  • Business students rate Deloitte #1 most attractive employer for the auditing and accounting industry in Universum survey.
  • Deloitte secures spot on “World's Best Workplaces™” 2020 list.


NEW YORK, NY, USA, 13 October 2020—Great Place to Work® and Fortune today recognized Deloitte as one of the World’s Best Workplaces™ for 2020. Deloitte ranked 22nd on this year’s list. The announcement follows Deloitte’s inclusion earlier this month in Universum’s “World’s Most Attractive Employer” ranking, an honor it has received 12 consecutive years. Deloitte maintained its top-five overall position in the Universum survey of undergraduate business students and was the top-rated professional services organization.

“These achievements reflect Deloitte’s commitment to provide an inclusive work environment where people can grow and succeed,” says Michele Parmelee, Deloitte Global Deputy CEO and Chief People and Purpose Officer. “Being on these lists affirms that Deloitte’s efforts to create an exceptional learning environment, offer flexible working options and empower people to make an impact beyond their day-to-day roles aligns with the values of current and future professionals.”

Both lists recognize top employers based on a holistic set of criteria. The “World’s Best Workplaces™” list serves as a corporate trust index, measuring the behaviors that create a trusting and inclusive environment and culture. With a pool of more than 10,000 organizations participating in the survey process, only those with the highest marks on company values, leadership, management and people, and policies and practices are selected. This year, Deloitte professionals from around the world credited Deloitte for creating an exceptional employee culture, a high-trust environment, and workplaces that are fair and equal for all.

Universum’s “World’s Most Attractive Employer” list draws from a survey of more than 235,000 business and engineering students in the world’s 12 largest economies.

Students evaluate employers based on 40 characteristics to reveal what new entrants to the workforce consider most important regarding employment decisions.

“To be a resilient organization that makes a tangible, positive impact for Deloitte clients and society as a whole, we need to truly understand what high-performing people want and need from their employers and invest in a talent strategy that stands out from competitors,” Parmelee says. “Deloitte has always been good at developing leaders, but I believe the focus we place on inclusiveness and having a purpose beyond profit has especially captured people’s attention.”

“Deloitte believes that an inclusive culture, underpinned at all times by respect, provides the foundation for a diverse and vibrant organization,” Parmelee added. “We want everyone to feel they can be themselves and thrive at work and we are consistently focused on the everyday culture that our people experience.” Additionally, steps have been taken to ensure all Deloitte people have the resources they need to succeed throughout their careers. For example, Deloitte has endorsed the United Nations’ Standards of Conduct for Business: Tackling Discrimination against LGBTI People and is a proud member of the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality.

Deloitte’s commitment to balance profit with purpose is evident in its efforts to help people and advance responsible environmental practices. Through its Worldclass ambition, Deloitte seeks to reduce social inequality and support disadvantaged communities by providing job skills, improving educational outcomes, and increasing access to opportunities for 50 million people by 2030. And with its recently announced WorldClimate initiative, Deloitte is pledging to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030, operate green, and educate its approximately 330,000 professionals to become agents of change through sustainable choices at home and at work.

About World’s Most Attractive Employers ranking

The results of the World’s Most Attractive Employers survey are based on the responses of 235,273 business and engineering/IT students from the 12 largest economies in the world (Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, the UK, and the US). To be considered, companies must be ranked among the most attractive employers (top 90% of the Universum Most Attractive Employer ranking) in at least six of the 12 markets. Results are weighted by GDP so that a high-ranking position in the US has a greater influence than a high-ranking position in India, for example. The field period for this year’s survey was from September 2019 to April 2020.

About the “World’s Best Workplace” list

Great Place to Work® identifies the top organizations that create great workplaces around the world with the publication of the annual World's Best Workplaces™ list. To be eligible for the World's Best Workplaces list, a company must be named to five or more national Best Workplaces™ lists, have 5,000 employees or more worldwide, and at least 40% of the company's workforce (or 5,000 employees) must be based outside of the home country.

Companies also receive additional credit for their efforts to successfully create an excellent workplace culture in their worldwide locations. Candidates for this year's list appeared on lists published in 2019 and 2020.

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