PwC AC Manila reinforces its commitment to gender equality in the workplace

Group photo taken during the Welcome Event held on 13 November 2023 at PwC AC Manila’s Office

11 December 2023, Manila – PricewaterhouseCoopers Acceleration Center Manila (PwC AC Manila), a member of the PwC global network, officially joins the Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (PBCWE). The firm [RM1] [CM2] strongly advocates inclusion and diversity where everyone can thrive and contribute their unique talents. PwC AC Manila recognizes that a diverse workforce of more than 3,000 professionals brings a multitude of perspectives, experiences, and ideas, which are essential for driving innovation and creativity, making it an organization that truly embraces inclusion and diversity.

PBCWE was launched in March 2017 through a partnership between the Philippine Women’s Economic Network (PhilWEN) and Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government. As of November 2023, the Coalition comprises 41 member companies that are all large and industry-leading in their respective sectors.

As one of the newest member companies of PBCWE this year, PwC AC Manila aligns with like-minded groups committed to creating diverse, equal, and inclusive workplaces. The company recognises the importance of workplace gender equality (WGE) and is dedicated to building a work environment that celebrates and values the unique contribution of everyone.

“We are thrilled to announce that PwC Acceleration Center Manila has officially joined the Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (PBCWE). This collaboration reflects our unwavering commitment to fostering gender equality and empowering women in the workplace. By joining PBCWE, we aim to drive meaningful change, promote diversity and inclusion, and create a more inclusive and equitable society. We are excited about the opportunities this collaboration will bring and look forward to making a lasting impact on the DEI initiatives [RM3] [CM4] of both organizations” said Robina Abrenica, PwC AC Manila’s Inclusion and Diversity Leader.

PBCWE member companies seek to advocate for policies anchored on specific data points that link gender equality to improved business performance and employee retention. Part of PBCWE’s membership package is the Gender Equality Assessment, Results and Strategies (GEARS), a diagnostic tool developed in Investing in Women based on the experience of Australia’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

GEARS is designed for companies to gain a deeper understanding of gaps, opportunities, and strengths of their current strategies in relation to WGE. The assessment process consists of two stages that use statistical data collection and targeted analysis on 12 Focus Areas such as leadership and accountability, gender composition of the workforce, WGE training, mainstreaming flexible work for performance and support, among others.

“We are excited to collaborate and contribute to shaping and fostering a healthy workplace culture for PwC AC Manila and all the member companies of PBCWE representing a variety of industries in the country,” said Ma. Aurora “Boots” Geotina-Garcia, Founding Chairperson and President of PhilWEN, and Governing Council Chairperson of PBCWE. ###