Glass ceiling cracked, but not smashed

"If there’s one area where I wish to see sustained progress, it’s to ensure career ladders break through the glass ceiling for women. We have to take a wider view and seek progress on social mobility - unequal access to opportunities still exists for many women and men," Helen Brand said.

image of ACCA chief executive Helen Brand
On the occassion of International Women's Day, ACCA has called for business leaders to show real and measurable progress on diversity and social mobility issues. In support of this year's campaign #pressforprogress, Helen Brand OBE and ACCA’s Chief Executive, reminded us that 2018 is the 40th anniversary of the phrase ‘glass ceiling’. 
 
"If there’s one area where I wish to see sustained progress, it’s to ensure career ladders break through the glass ceiling for women. We have to take a wider view and seek progress on social mobility - unequal access to opportunities still exists for many women and men," she said.  
 
"ACCA has welcomed policies to address issues such as disparity in pay and boardroom diversity. There are examples of good practice highlighted in our recent report Generation Next: Managing Talent in Large Accountancy Firms, which shows how the Big Four are addressing diversity to ensure women have a place and voice in their business. This includes KPMG’s women in finance forum and Deloitte conducting ‘blind interviews’ to tackle recruitment bias," Ms Brand added.
 

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