Our society is evolving, markets are changing and customer inquiries are getting ever more complex. Embracing diversity and offering even greater competence are ways to meet these challenges. We cherish diversity and competence in our teams as well as in our management. Different mindsets, experiences, needs as well as educational and cultural backgrounds make us what we are: a company with a broad and forward-looking perspective.
On a daily basis we exchange information with our colleagues from all over Europe and much further beyond, either via being located in the same office or meeting them while being on international assignments.
Since action speaks louder than words we encourage our male employees to demonstrate their commitment to equal rights by promoting equality and being active role-models. In order to achieve the goal of the HeForShe initiative, we use our network and engage all of our colleagues, clients and communities.
It is our ambition to support the next generation of female managers in their development. The event series "Aspire to Lead" addresses students who are about to complete their studies as well as future and young professionals striving to improve their own leadership skills.
Gender equality is more than a mere “women’s issue” – it is an issue of human rights. I stand against any form of violence and discrimination against women and firmly believe that they must have every opportunity to liberate their career potential. Our society benefits strongly from diversity in the workplace: We can only be successful when we stand together and focus all the talents and skills available. A decision is a good decision if made jointly, if the underlying process involves exchange and all perspectives are being heard – without women participating in reaching decisions, I think that an important part is missing.
Our diversity strategy is strongly focused on gender, valuing differences and disability. We are one of the five partners participating in the DisAbility Talent Program, a program meant to bring top students with disabilities and companies together. In addition, we are working with the association Specialisterne. The objective of this association is the integration of people with autism into the labor market. The first intern to participate in the Asset Management team for a period of three months has already demonstrated his valuable talents.
We have signed the Diversity Charter, an initiative by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, as part of our commitment to valuing differences and treating all members of society with respect and appreciation.
In our day-to-day business, we actively address the risks entailed in jumping to conclusions and making wrong assumptions, offering targeted workshops and trainings to our management.
We take the responsibility to work on finding the right balance between work, family and leisure time seriously. As a result of our commitment, this year PwC Austria has been recertified with the “audit workandfamily” certificate for the third time since 2010.