MONTREAL, March 8, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – On this International Women’s Day, Women in Governance (WiG) proudly unveils the organizations that achieved the Platinum level of its Parity CertificationTM.

WiG Parity CertificationTM, the first of its kind created in North America in 2017 with the support of McKinsey & Company, enables organizations to concretely close the gender gap at every level of their hierarchy. With the support of its partners Accenture, Mercer and Willis Towers Watson, WiG evaluates and guides companies on their journey towards parity, taking into account intersectionality and the multiple facets of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Close to 700,000 employees work for a Parity Certified organization.

In 2021, despite the pandemic, a record number of renowned organizations have submitted their application. To celebrate this remarkable success, WiG will hold its prestigious Annual Recognition Galas in Toronto (May 24 at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, co-chaired by Jaqui Parchment, CEO of Mercer Canada and John McKenzie, CEO of TMX Group) and Montreal (September 15 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, co-chaired by Anik Trudel, CEO of Lavery and Denis Giangi, President of Rolls-Royce Canada). These long awaited in-person editions will bring together top leaders from the corporate and political worlds.

The following 10 organizations have obtained a Platinum Parity CertificationTM :
Accenture | National Bank of Canada | Bell Canada | CBC/Radio-Canada | Intact Financial Corporation | JLL | Mercer (Canada) | Sodexo (Canada) | Sun Life | Ville de Montréal

More than 70 major organizations submitted their applications to WiG’s Parity CertificationTM and the list of those certified at the Bronze, Silver or Gold levels can be viewed on our website as of March 8th.

“As employees begin to head back to the office, now is the time to ensure the upheavals we face are catalysts for change. While there was a lot of talk about a shecession, let’s choose a recovery themed around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Talent is scarce, and diversity is the engine of any company. More than ever, women have an important role to play at all levels, in all sectors! Hybrid work should be an opportunity for women to contribute, and the Zoom ceiling should not be an additional barrier to their advancement. It is no longer acceptable to blame our dismal progress on a lack of talent or know-how. If we have learned anything over the past 24 months, it is that our future will be shaped by those who have not had a voice in the past. “ Caroline Codsi, President and Chief Equality Officer of Women in Governance.

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ABOUT WOMEN IN GOVERNANCE
Women in Governance is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 to support women in their leadership development, career advancement and access to Board seats. The organization pursues its mission with its Parity CertificationTM, inspiring events, as well as governance training and mentoring programs.

More about Women in Governance > https://womeningovernance.org
More about the Parity Certification > https://paritycertification.org/

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