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When she rises, we all rise: Getting to equal 2018 – Creating a culture where everyone thrives

Leaders of businesses and organizations have the power to close the gender gap in career advancement and pay. The research shows that creating a culture of equality unlocks human potential and uncovers the key drivers of a workplace culture in which everyone can advance and thrive. Accenture is measuring people’s perceptions and experiences of their workplaces. This extensive research and analysis has allowed us to identify the factors that can foster a culture of equality. As a result, this report helps leaders define and implement strategies that can make a tangible difference. Accenture’s new research builds on our previous Getting to Equal studies about the positive impact of digital fluency and technology on advancement. We surveyed more than 22,000 working men and women with a university education in 34 countries to measure their perception of factors that contribute to the culture in which they work. Out of more than 200 personal and workplace factors – such as policies, behaviors and collective opinions of employees – we identified 40 that are statistically shown to influence advancement, including 14 that are most likely to effect change. We found that when these factors are most common, women are four times more likely to reach senior manager and director levels. If all organizations were to create the environments in which these 40 factors are most common, the results could be astonishing.