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Catalyst Honors Initiatives at Baxter, CH2M HILL, Gibbons, and KPMG with the 2009 Catalyst Award

By: Tessa Anderson
Source: CH2M HILL

22 January 2009 — Catalyst announces that Baxter International Inc., CH2M HILL, Gibbons P.C., and KPMG LLP are the recipients of the 2009 Catalyst Award, the annual award that honors exceptional initiatives from companies and firms that support and advance women in business. CH2M HILL’s initiative is the first within the engineering and construction industry to receive the Catalyst Award.

“The Catalyst Award serves as a call to action and illustrates the strong business case supporting women's advancement to leadership regionally and globally,” said Ilene H. Lang, President and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst. “During challenging economic times, these initiatives demonstrate that business can benefit from fresh thinking and commitment to making women in the workplace a top priority.”

”We are thrilled to be a Catalyst Award recipient and proud that ours is the first engineering and construction firm initiative to receive this prestigious award," said Ralph Peterson, CH2M HILL’s Chairman and immediate past CEO. "CH2M HILL’s corporate strategy is to build organizational strength and competitiveness through diversity, and Catalyst has made a powerful contribution to our strategy through its great advocacy work over the years to inform and inspire businesses like ours.”

Catalyst Award-winning initiatives are evaluated in a rigorous year-long process against an extensive set of criteria: business rationale, senior leadership support, accountability, communication, replicability, originality, and measurable results. These Award-winning initiatives reflect best practices around diversity, inclusion, and advancement of women to leadership roles and positions of influence.

In the traditionally male-dominated industry of engineering and construction, CH2M HILL provides a model for leveraging female employees to achieve business success. CH2M HILL’s Constructing Pathways for Women Through Inclusion initiative utilizes the company’s long-standing inclusive workplace to accelerate women's advancement. Founded on principles that include a collaborative, team-oriented, non-hierarchical culture where all views are heard and respected, this engineering and construction firm works to ensure that processes are transparent. All employees receive the Little Yellow Book, a guide to the organization’s values designed to support an environment in which diversity, openness, and innovation thrive. Expectations for employee behavior, including diversity orientation, are explicit and defined as “Work Approaches” in the company’s performance management system.

Other important components of Constructing Pathways for Women Through Inclusion include regional women’s networks that provide local learning and mentoring opportunities; Women’s Leadership Summits that deliver strategic learning opportunities to a cross-section of women leaders; informal mentoring and networking opportunities; targeted recruiting for both new graduates and experienced hires; a formal succession-planning process that ensures slates are diverse and include at least one woman or person of color; aggressive recruiting of women and people of color into the firm; and substantial involvement by the Board of Directors’ Workforce and Diversity Committee in developing strategy and policy. Accountability mechanisms include the Performance Enhancement Process, which evaluates employees’ goals; balanced scorecards that measure progress for each business group and ensure that efforts are tracked in the line business; and an employee survey through which leaders are held responsible for making continued improvement in diversity and inclusion measures.

CH2M HILL leverages women employees by ensuring they are placed in important positions, are visible role models, and are responsible for high-profile projects, linking their expertise to business success. Since the initiative’s launch in 2003, women’s representation in senior leadership positions—as business unit heads, geographic region leaders, and top managers—has increased from 2.9 percent to 18.0 percent, and women of color lead two of the company’s 13 geographic regions. The percentage of women project managers has also increased from 20.5 percent in 2005 to 30.3 percent in 2008.

In addition to CH2M HILL, the 2009 Catalyst Award-winning initiatives include: Baxter’s Asia Pacific initiative, Building Talent Edge, Gibbons’ initiative, The Women’s Initiative: Driving Success Through Diversity Investment, and KPMG’s initiative, Great Place to Build a Career. For complete descriptions of this year’s Catalyst Award-winning initiatives and previous Award winners, please visit www.catalyst.org.

Baxter, CH2M HILL, Gibbons, and KPMG will present in-depth discussions on their initiatives at the 2009 Catalyst Awards Conference at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City on March 31, 2009. The conference, which is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company and The Coca-Cola Company, will feature keynote speaker Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO of Avon Products, Inc. Later in the evening, the 2009 Catalyst Awards Dinner, sponsored by DuPont and Shell Oil Company, will be chaired by Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods Inc. Over 70 CEOs and leaders of major corporations, firms, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations are expected to attend, along with more than 1,500 guests representing 250 national and global companies.

For more information about the 2009 Catalyst Awards Conference & Dinner, please contact Michael Chamberlain, 646-388-7770, mchamberlain@catalyst.org.. For media inquiries regarding CH2M HILL’s Catalyst Award-winning initiative, please contact Susan Nierenberg, 646-388-7744, snierenberg@catalyst.org or John Corsi, 720-286-2087, jcorsi@ch2m.com.


Visit Catalyst’s Web site to view a video of CH2M HILL’s Women’s Initiative and the acceptance speech from CEO Lee McIntire.

About Catalyst
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.





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