When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive

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Global diversity in the workplace is a business imperative with profound social and economic implications. Mercer’s When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive reports and consulting solutions are based on the most comprehensive, analytical, and predictive research on women in the workforce – linking organizational actions to results.

Our mission is to help organizations globally drive business performance by increasing the representation and advancement of women through a holistic focus on their careers, health, and financial wellbeing.

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"When Women Thrive is a call to organizations and leaders to think and act differently to advance women and drive their growth. Now is the time to take action."

Pat Milligan, Senior Partner, Global Leader Multinational Client Group and When Women Thrive
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Mercer’s When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive global report is the world’s most comprehensive research on women in the workplace, designed to uncover the critical drivers of a successful gender diversity strategy. With a database of over 800 organizations in 55 countries, covering over 4 million employees, our research offers leaders:

  • Global and regional trends and forecasts around the representation, hiring, promotion and retention of women at all career levels.
  • Benchmark data on the prevalence of policies and practices companies are leveraging to enhance the health, wealth and careers of their female talent.
  • Insights and recommendations to help organizations break through inertia to advance women in the workplace and drive business outcomes.

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Accelerating for Impact – 2018 Gender Inflection Point
In Accelerating for Impact: 2018 Gender Inflection Point, we set out to further understand the drivers of female advancement and identify concrete steps organizations can take to change or improve their trajectories. The result is a holistic look at the future of women in the workforce - from the headwinds impeding progress, to the system accelerators that provide great hope for sustained improvement.

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Financial Services Perspective
This report examines the imperative for gender diversity in the Financial Services industry and shares key findings and recommendations based on data from 67 organizations in the Finance/Banking industry that participated in our When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive research.

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Technology Perspective
This report examines the imperative for gender diversity in the Technology industry and shares key findings and recommendations based on data from 53 organizations in the Technology (IT or High Tech) industry that participated in our When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive research.

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Turkey Country Report
In this country report, we share specific data and insights that organizations in Turkey can use to accelerate progress toward greater gender diversity. These are based on survey responses from 40 organizations that participated in our When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive research in 2016 in partnership with PWN Istanbul.

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When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive: Challenges and Opportunities in Latin America
This report provides a descriptive overview of the challenges and opportunities that women face in the workplace in Latin America and actionable recommendations directed toward organizations looking to improve their gender diversity strategy in the region. These are based on survey responses from over 200 organizations that participated in our When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive research.

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Inside Employees’ Minds: Drivers of Female Engagement in the US Workplace
This report examines the differences between women's and men's priorities and perceptions of aspects of the employee value proposition, and explores the drivers of engagement and overall satisfaction by gender.

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Inside Employees’ Minds: Women & Wealth
This report examines the significant differences between men and women when it comes to financial wellness, uncovers the key to improving women’s financial wellness, and suggests what employers can do to help their workforce become more confident regarding personal financial matters.

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Global Gender Pay Equity: An Examination of Gaps Outside the US
This report analyzes data from Mercer’s Total Remuneration Survey (TRS), covering 2.5 million employees and reports on the state of pay equity in 11 countries. Through examining pay differences between women and men, this research provides value to companies focused on improving their pay practices. It gives insight on the drivers of pay in each country, against which a company might consider its own practices. Furthermore, it provides insight on specific actions companies can take to eliminate gender pay gaps and prevent them from occurring in the future.

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Leveraging our database of over 800 organizations, companies can benchmark themselves against our global, regional and industry data. An organization-specific Custom Report includes:

  • Benchmark data on how your policies and practices compare to the global, regional, and industry survey results.
  • A custom Internal Labor Market (ILM) map, which provides an insightful view of your current headcounts, hiring, promotion, and turnover rates by gender at each career level.
  • 5- and 10-year workforce projections for your Executives & Professionals and above given your baseline scenario, with no changes, and given the following scenarios: adjusted hiring, adjusted promotion, adjusted turnover, and with all adjustments simultaneously.
  • A 90-minute debrief meeting with your stakeholders to review your results and share insights and recommendations to enhance your gender diversity strategy and drive business outcomes.

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Whether your organization is just starting out or more advanced, Mercer’s Diversity & Inclusion consultants have the expertise to help you increase the representation and advancement of women in your workplace.

Mercer’s methodology for improving gender diversity within an organization stems from years of research, consulting experience with organizations across industries and geographies, and robust statistical analyses drawn from our survey data.

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In order to accelerate progress, organizations must align on why gender diversity is critical for their business, diagnose what is helping and what is impeding their efforts, engage their stakeholders to champion progress, and take action to ensure the right practices, programs and processes are in place to support their female employees. They also need to regularly measure progress and keep stakeholders accountable to ensure they persevere over time.

Executive Network

Mercer’s Global Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Network is among the most credible and longstanding networks of peer executives focused on equality, diversity and inclusion. These This invitation-only forum brings together leaders from global FTSE and Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries and offers confidential roundtables; expert meeting design and facilitation; collective problem solving; and access to thought leadership in D&I, talent and risk management. For more information, please visit our page here.

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