PwC South Africa recognised for empowering women
Congratulations to PwC South Africa for winning two awards at the 12th annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards, which “celebrate companies and organisations that have made momentous strides in gender empowerment in the workplace.” PwC was honoured at the August 6 ceremony as the “Top Gender Empowered Business” and in the “Diversity in the Workplace” category.
Since the inception of its Diversity and Inclusion council in 2006, PwC South Africa has seen an increase in the advancement of its female partners and staff. Female leaders in the firm include South Africa Governing Board Chair Shirley Machaba. And in 2015, women accounted for half of PwC South Africa’s new partner admissions.
“These accolades, which come at a time when PwC globally is actively supporting diversity through the HeForShe campaign, are testament to our ongoing commitment to diversity and our focus on gender equality,” said Dion Shango, PwC South Africa’s Regional Senior Partner.
In addition to supporting gender equality in the workplace, PwC South Africa helps underprivileged women from rural areas throughout the country through the Faranani Women’s Programme. Part of the firm’s Corporate Responsibility and Enterprise Development, Faranani aims to nurture women who have a desire to become business owners by providing them with the knowledge to start and actively manage their own businesses. To date, more than 1,500 women have successfully been through this programme and are now contributing members of their communities and of South Africa’s economy.