Mercer, a global leader in talent consulting, has sharpened its long-held focus on helping Australian companies realise the benefits of a high-performing and diverse workforce by appointing Yolanda Beattie, an executive with the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), as diversity and inclusion practice leader.
Ms Beattie was responsible for increasing the WGEA’s reach and influence though leading public campaigns, strategic partnerships, stakeholder engagement and innovative education programs. Her earlier career included several corporate affairs, communications and marketing roles at firms including Macquarie Group, IAG and Honner Media.
Garry Adams, Leader of Mercer’s Talent Business in the Pacific, said, “We are excited that Yolanda is joining Mercer to spearhead our diversity and inclusion consulting offering.
“Yolanda brings a wealth of knowledge of best-practice gender equity policy and practices from her time at WGEA. Over the past couple of years we have collaborated closely with Yolanda and the WGEA team on initiatives such as the Gender Pay Gap Calculator and have formed strong working relationships.
“Globally, improving gender equity in the workplace continues to be one of the greatest challenges facing employers and is critical to both overall economic growth and improved financial performance at a company level.
“Our global and local research such as When Women Thrive Businesses Thrive and the Gender Equity Report reveal that it is a complex and multi-faceted issue.
“Gender equity spans workplace practices and culture, financial literacy and financial security in retirement. Mercer’s depth of resources and service capability across health, wealth and careers places us in a uniquely strong position to help businesses address the issue and offer holistic solutions to employers,” added Mr Adams.
Ms Beattie said, “I have worked closely with Mercer over the past few years and have been impressed with the firm’s understanding of the depth, complexity and pervasiveness of workplace gender equity and diversity issues.
“While there is a growing commitment by business leaders to create diverse, high-performing teams, employers are increasingly looking for practical guidance on how to effect lasting change.
“Mercer is ideally placed to deliver a data-centric, accountability-driven diversity and inclusion offering. I am excited to be part of Mercer’s mission to create better workplaces for everyone,” added Ms Beattie.
Mercer is a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments. Mercer helps clients around the world advance the health, wealth and performance of their most vital asset – their people. Mercer’s more than 20,000 employees are based in more than 40 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With 57,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue exceeding $13 billion, Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the parent company of Marsh, a leader in insurance broking and risk management; Guy Carpenter, a leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services; and Oliver Wyman, a leader in management consulting. For more information, visit www.mercer.com.au Follow Mercer on Twitter @MercerAu