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Grant Thornton named as top employer for women

This year BITC included further assessment to include the lived experience of women employees by asking what areas they feel need to be improved

Grant Thornton UK LLP has been listed as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022 for taking action to decrease gender inequality in the workplace.

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is run by Business in the Community (BITC) – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network, and The Times for more than a decade, the “competitive” process identifies companies which make gender equality part of the way they do business, working to embed it at all levels.

Grant Thornton said this year’s applicants were closely assessed on the work they do to remove the drivers that enforce gender inequality, from flexible working and family-friendly policies to pay, reward and progression.

This year BITC included further assessment to include the lived experience of women employees by asking what areas they feel need to be improved.

Fiona Baldwin, board sponsor for Gender at Grant Thornton UK LLP, said: “We are proud of our commitment and investment to make meaningful change by removing the barriers to success that our women tell us exist. We use data to inform targeted action and have made significant efforts to improve our representation of women at a senior level.

“During 2021, we saw evidence of progress with an increased proportion of women being promoted to partner and joining as external hires. This contributed to a more balanced representation of women at partner level (from 19% in 2020 to 22% in 2021).”

She added: “The bedrock of our current strategy is removing barriers and improving the lived experience for our women. This includes: a culture of agile working and flexibility; sponsorship and development; ensuring female health is supported, powerful networks, internal engagement and education; and campaigning for the support of male allies to discuss and promote change.

“We are working hard to create a culture where our women are empowered to reach their full potential and will continue to do so, as we know we have more to do.”

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