International Women’s Day (IWD), marked annually on March 8, is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is “#BreakTheBias.” As the IWD website explains, “Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough, action is needed to level the playing field.”
Robert Half and global consulting firm Protiviti, a Robert Half subsidiary, are exploring the #BreakTheBias theme in depth through a series of events during IWD week, which are designed to engage our workforce around this topic and inspire them to think even more about how we can all help to elevate the need to close pay, promotion and retention gaps and address other critical issues for women in the workforce.
International Women’s Day is an opportunity for Robert Half and Protiviti to reflect on our efforts to close the gap on gender parity and raise awareness about women’s equality. Additionally, it’s a time to evaluate our ongoing work to promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and foster a company culture where all people can connect, thrive and grow. And, as the following examples demonstrate, we’re making strong progress toward these critical objectives.
Leadership opportunities for women at Robert Half
Women represent more than half of Robert Half’s global workforce, and they hold nearly half of the management and leadership positions at our company, according to Robert Half’s latest Corporate Citizenship Report.* Those leaders include Trisha Plovie, a 25-year veteran of Robert Half, who was recently elevated to senior vice president, Future of Work — a new role at our company. She’s leading our company’s strategy to provide flexible, hybrid and fully remote talent.
Many women at Robert Half are actively growing and refining their leadership skills with our organization. For example, in 2020, more than two-thirds of the participants in the Robert Half United Leadership Exchange, our global, voluntary internal mentoring program, were women. And 88 per cent of the leaders who have served five or more times as mentors for this program are women.
Employee-led ways to unify the workforce
Employee Network Groups (ENGs), also known as employee resource groups, at Robert Half and Protiviti help to build a dynamic and inclusive environment where people feel comfortable being themselves at work. These organically created, employee-led support systems also increase cross-company collaboration and amplify exposure to DEI topics on a global level.
One ENG in particular is focused on helping us to close the gender gap at Robert Half: Global Women’s Employee Network (GWEN). GWEN — which was founded in March 2021 and has more than 800 members — has a mission to champion and amplify women’s perspectives while creating networks, community, and growth opportunities for women.
At Protiviti, the Initiative for Growth and Retention of Women at Work (iGROWW) is an ENG that aims to increase female representation and retention and develop a support system for women in the workplace. Another group, Gender Equality in Technology (GET IT), focuses on bringing the values and goals of iGROWW to technologists across Protiviti and helping to increase gender diversity in the technology profession.
Commitments and accolades
Following are some other recent actions and achievements that help to underscore Robert Half’s global commitment to promoting gender equality and DEI in our organization — and beyond:
- In 2021, Forbes named Robert Half as one of the Best Employers for Women, an accolade our company has received every year since 2019.
- In 2021, Forbes selected Robert Half as one of the Best Employers for Diversity for the third consecutive year.
- In 2022, Robert Half was selected for the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the fourth consecutive year.
- Robert Half is a signatory (since 2019) to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a joint initiative of the UNGC and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The seven WEPs build on the UNGC by providing best practices for advancing gender equality and empowering women in the workplace, marketplace and community.
- In 2020, Robert Half’s senior leadership signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, committing to support diversity in the workplace and our communities. That same year, in the spirit of that pledge, we amended our Corporate Governance Guidelines to bring more diversity into our board and CEO succession plans.
Robert Half and Protiviti support the promotion, growth and development of small and/or minority-, woman-, veteran-, disabled veteran- and LGBTQ+-owned businesses through our Supplier Inclusion Initiative. This enterprise-wide program has earned recognition from many organizations and publications, including the WBENC and Professional Woman’s Magazine.
*Robert Half’s Leading with Integrity report showcases our ESG activities across the enterprise and their impact on our business and our stakeholders. Download the report here.
Learn more about International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day has been observed for more than a century. See this timeline on the IWD website to learn more about the history of this day.