Mercer has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women for the fourth consecutive time. The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list is published in partnership with Business in the Community (BITC), the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, as part of the charity’s Responsible Business Week. The list recognises UK employers that have committed to creating an inclusive culture and making gender equality part of their business strategy by transforming the experience of women in the workplace. The alphabetical and unranked listing is selected through an extensive submission process managed by gender equality experts at BITC.
Mercer introduced diversity objectives into its business strategy in 2015, working to achieve a 50/50 gender split across the organisation and 30% of senior employees to be female by 2020. Now in its final year of its five year diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy, the 2020 targets have been achieved following several initiatives. These include introducing diverse shortlists for all senior hires to increase representation in key roles, programmes for women seeking progression or opportunities to build line management experience and ensuring that flexible working is accessible for all roles.
Mercer is also committed to making a positive difference to clients’ workforce diversity. Its flagship research project, When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive research, showcased in partnership with the World Economic Forum at Davos, is designed to help all organisations drive growth through the active and productive participation of their female workforce.
“At Mercer we champion diversity in its fullest and recognise the importance of all colleagues having equal access to opportunities for development and progression,” said Sylvia Pozezanac, Mercer’s UK CEO. “Mercer is committed to creating and sponsoring a culture that supports colleagues of any race, gender, age, or any other characteristic to enable them to succeed and feel comfortable in bringing their whole self to work. We’re proud of the steps we have taken to improve our gender balance at all levels and to remove barriers through a variety of initiatives and policies. We recognise there is still much more we can do as a firm as we continue our commitment to building a working environment that is wholly inclusive and diverse.”
The full list of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2020 can be found online at: https://www.bitc.org.uk/the-times-top-50-employers-for-women/