By Princewill Ekwujuru
New research by Accenture has said that company culture is key to unlocking gender equality and narrowing pay gap.
The research also identified 40 workplace factors that create a culture of equality — including 14 factors that matter the most.
The research entitled: Getting to Equal 2018, gives the most-effective actions that business leaders can take to accelerate advancement and help close the gender pay gap.
The research which is based on a survey of more than 22,000 working men and women in 34 countries measured their perception of factors that contribute to their workplace cultures. The survey was supplemented with in-depth interviews and a detailed analysis of published data on a range of workforce issues.
In a statement, Women Executive Sponsor and Country Finance Controller at Accenture Nigeria, Toyin Osungbesan, said: “Our research show that in companies with cultures that include the workplace factors that help women advance, men thrive too, and we all rise together. We see this research as a powerful reminder that building a culture of equality is essential to achieving gender equality because people, not programs, are what make a company inclusive and diverse.” Osungbesan further said: “Culture is set from the top, so if women are to advance, gender equality must be a strategic priority for the C-suite. It’s critical that companies create a truly human environment where people can be successful both professionally and personally – where they can be who they are and feel they belong, every day.”