AWIU Announces Deloitte as 2021 Internationalism Award Honoree

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American Women for International Understanding is proud to announce that the 2021 Internationalism Award recipient is Deloitte, provider of industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands. Deloitte is being honored for its transformational work in addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace, in particular, for recognizing early on the importance of empowering and advancing women to leadership positions. The AWIU Internationalism Award is presented to honorees who have addressed concerns and issues facing women worldwide. The commitment and work of the honorees have set them apart by every standard. Recipients have exhibited support for women’s issues and contributed to worldwide understanding, raised awareness of global concerns, and fostered and encouraged cross-cultural dialogue.

Deloitte’s DEI journey began more than three decades ago to retain and advance women in the workforce and increase women’s representation at leadership levels. Deloitte is an organization of firsts – it was the first professional services organization to establish a Women’s Initiative to focus on women’s advancement, and the first of the Big Four accounting firms to elect not only a woman CEO, but also a woman board chair, and a woman CEO of a consulting organization of its size. Today, their commitment to gender equity is stronger than ever. Deloitte continues to focus on advancing women to leadership positions through development opportunities, exposure to senior leaders, and equitable processes. Reflecting its belief that DEI should be an ongoing journey, in 2021, Deloitte launched its inaugural DEI Transparency report to take a critical look at its current state from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective. The report included specific goals for increasing female representation, as well as representation of Black and Hispanic/Latinx professionals. In addition, Deloitte has been a steadfast leader in tackling obstacles that many workers face, but which often impact women disproportionately, such as caregiving.

Deloitte is active in the community, collaborating with their clients and working closely with organizations to support this collective commitment of gender equity. Deloitte supports organizations like Girls Who Code, to Deloitte Executive Chair Janet Foutty’s role with Catalyst, a global organization working with leading companies to increase the representation of women in corporate leadership. Deloitte’s Board Ready Women programs, which aim to help women executives prepare for service on corporate boards, demonstrates Deloitte is creating multiple opportunities to engage, support, and invest in female talent.

“We are proud to be honored by the American Women for International Understanding,” said Terri Cooper, Vice Chair External Diversity, Equity, Inclusion for the Deloitte U.S. Firms. “We continue to remain focused on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization as well as across the broader community.”  AWIU will present the Internationalism Award at its annual International Women of Courage Celebration which will be held virtually this year on April 29, 2021. “AWIU is delighted to recognize Deloitte’s leadership in the areas of corporate diversity, equity and inclusion,” declared AWIU’s president Ambassador Tatiana Gfoeller. “Deloitte’s trailblazing data-driven DEI programs have changed and continue to change the global leadership landscape for women in business.” AWIU’s International Women of Courage Celebration is presented in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State to honor the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage.

About Deloitte
Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including nearly 90% of the Fortune 500® and more than 7,000 private companies. Our people come together for the greater good and work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today’s marketplace — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthier society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them. Building on more than 175 years of service, our network of member firms spans more than 150 countries and territories. Learn how Deloitte’s more than 330,000 people worldwide connect for impact at

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