The 2009 Catalyst Award was presented today to Baxter International Inc., CH2M HILL, Gibbons P.C., and KPMG LLP for their ground-breaking initiatives that advance women in the workplace. The award, given during the Catalyst Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria and sponsored by DuPont and Shell Oil Company, attracted approximately 100 CEOs of major corporations and firms, and nearly 1,500 senior executives and industry leaders from more than 200 U.S. and global companies.
“This year’s award-winning initiatives represent the business success that bringing women into leadership can deliver across industries and geographies,” said Ilene H. Lang, President & Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst. “No matter where we look, whether in New York or Asia Pacific, from engineering to pharmaceuticals, we find achievement through inclusion of women.”
Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods Inc., and one of the 15 Fortune 500 women CEOs, chaired the Catalyst Awards Dinner. “As a consumer business, it’s essential that our workforce—and especially our leaders—reflect the diversity of our consumer base. Kraft Foods applauds the 2009 Catalyst Award winners for demonstrating that significant gains can be made when organizations set their mind to increasing diversity."
Baxter International Inc.’s Asia Pacific initiative, Building Talent Edge, reached its 2010 target of a 50/50 gender balance across management-level and critical positions two years ahead of schedule. "Gender diversity is not just a social issue but one that addresses a core challenge for all organizations: talent," said Gerald Lema, Corporate Vice President and President, Asia Pacific, of Baxter International Inc. "Extensive research and our own experience demonstrate that organizations that allow the best talent to enter, develop, move up, and contribute do better. Organizations that move quickly to remove the barriers and become more inclusive overall will be the winners."
CH2M HILL’s Constructing Pathways for Women Through Inclusion initiative provides a model for leveraging women employees to achieve business success and accelerate women's advancement. Lee A. McIntire, President and CEO of CH2M HILL, remarked, “We are so proud that our initiative is the first in the engineering and construction industry to win the Catalyst Award—and even more proud of what this means for our industry overall, which has a genuine desire to improve diversity within its ranks.”
Gibbons P.C.’s The Women’s Initiative: Driving Success Through Diversity Investment is critical to the firm’s branding in the marketplace and generated more than 6 percent of its annual revenue in 2007. Patrick C. Dunican, Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons P.C., said, "Our Women's Initiative has proven to be a win-win-win proposition. Our women attorneys constantly develop their professional skills, leadership abilities, and business networks—all of which clearly benefit clients and positively impact the firm's bottom line."
KPMG LLP’s Great Place to Build a Career initiative uses diversity and inclusion as a driver for change, resulting in a culture of career growth, mentoring, and accountability that focuses on a talented pool of diverse individuals. Timothy P. Flynn, Chairman of KPMG LLP, commented, “We are honored by Catalyst’s recognition. This initiative, which ensures that all of our professionals, especially women and people of color, are provided the support and opportunities to make the most of their talents and experiences at every stage of their career, has become embedded into our culture. The talent and professionalism of our people is critical to our long term business success and this initiative has helped us expand and develop our high quality professional work force.”
The Catalyst Awards Conference, sponsored by Campbell Soup Company and The Coca-Cola Company, provided an opportunity for attendees to engage leaders and representatives of the award-winning initiatives. Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO of Avon Products, Inc., delivered the luncheon keynote address. Avon initiatives received the Catalyst Award in 1988 and 1997. In the afternoon, leading experts on diversity and inclusion took part in panel discussions on topics concerning: the unwritten rules of getting ahead, LGBT inclusiveness, and work-life effectiveness.
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Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization working globally with businesses and the professions to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women and business. With offices in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and more than 400 preeminent corporations as members, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote women’s advancement with the Catalyst Award.
ABOUT THE CATALYST AWARD
The Catalyst Award annually honors innovative organizational approaches with proven, measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of all women, including women of color. Catalyst’s rigorous, year-long examination of initiatives culminates in intensive on-site evaluations at select organizations. Catalyst assesses a range of strategic approaches related to women's advancement in the workplace. Discrete, specific efforts as well as broad initiatives, such as those that facilitate cultural change, are considered. By recognizing, sharing, and celebrating successful initiatives, Catalyst provides organizations with replicable models to help them create initiatives that are good for women and good for business.
ABOUT BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
Baxter develops, manufactures, and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. As a global, diversified healthcare company, Baxter applies a unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology to create products that advance patient care worldwide. Baxter and its employees have been making a meaningful difference in the healthcare industry in Asia Pacific for 45 years. The company’s regional headquarters is located in Shanghai, China, and Baxter employs approximately 6,500 people. Baxter has 12 manufacturing facilities in the region including a plant, Baxter Qiaoguang, from its joint venture in China. Baxter’s sales in Asia Pacific exceeded US$1.4 billion in 2008. Baxter is committed to fair opportunity and is recognized for having a diverse and inclusive workforce. In Asia Pacific, women occupy nearly 50 percent of senior positions at director levels and above and critical roles.
ABOUT CH2M HILL
CH2M HILL is one of the top ranked engineering and construction firms headquartered in the United States, with $6 billion in revenue in 2008 and more than 24,000 employees worldwide. The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of energy, water, transportation, environmental, nuclear, and industrial facilities. CH2M HILL works on the most challenging projects on the planet including the historic expansion of the Panama Canal; the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and Masdar City, the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste “sustainable city” in Abu Dhabi. The company’s values and its people have created a culture in which diversity, inclusion, and innovation are natural and an integral part of how CH2M HILL does business. In 2008 the firm was recognized for a third time on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” and as a “Most Admired Company” for the sixth consecutive year. CH2M HILL is 100 percent employee-owned, the only large engineering-construction firm to have this ownership structure. Its corporate headquarters is near Denver, Colorado.
ABOUT GIBBONS P.C.
With 230 attorneys, Gibbons is a top law firm in the New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Delaware metropolitan regions and is ranked among the nation’s top 200 firms by The American Lawyer. The firm provides transactional, litigation, and counseling services to leading businesses nationwide. The firm was recently ranked one of the top 50 firms nationwide for working women by Working Mother magazine, and among the top 100 firms in the nation for diversity by Multi-Cultural Law magazine. The firm has also been recognized among the Best Places to Work in America by the Society for Human Resource Management and Great Place to Work Institute, as well as in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania by NJBIZ, Philadelphia Business Journal, and Central Penn Business Journal. Gibbons maintains offices in Newark, New Jersey; New York, New York; Trenton, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Wilmington, Delaware.
ABOUT KPMG LLP
KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. KPMG International's member firms have 137,000 professionals, including 7,600 partners, in 144 countries.