BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Sep 27, 2016) - Working Mother magazine has named The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) one of its "100 Best Companies" for US working moms for the ninth time.

In its 2016 list, the magazine praises BCG for its numerous family-friendly programs and policies, including flexible work arrangements, reduced travel, and generous maternity leave.

"New policies allow women to take 16 fully paid weeks off for a birth or eight for adoption, with $13,460 in adoption aid; and leaves can be extended by two months without pay, for any reason," the magazine notes.

Yet a generous maternity leave is "only one layer in a package of benefits that supports working mothers [at BCG]," the magazine adds. "It works in tandem with other perks like emergency childcare and structured part-time options."

The firm's FlexTime initiative, for example, allows consultants -- both men and women -- who want more-sustainable work schedules to reduce the hours they spend on client projects by up to 50%, with a smaller reduction in compensation. Its "Segment of One" program provides rising women with mentoring, coaching, and support.

As part of the coverage, Working Mother also highlights Michelle Russell, a Chicago-based BCG senior partner and leader of the firm's Women@BCG network in North America, as a Working Mother of the Year. As an example of her leadership, the magazine cites her spearheading BCG's five-year-old Apprenticeship in Action (AiA) program, which teaches men and women how to coach and mentor one another more effectively: "Michelle's efforts have been central to leading AiA from a two-office pilot in 2011 to a North American roll out in 2012 and, underway now, a worldwide roll out."

"BCG has always been at the forefront of establishing an inclusive, strengths-based culture," says Russell. "We value the diversity of experiences and backgrounds our employees bring and feel it makes for better client outcomes. Attracting, developing, and retaining the best talent remains the cornerstone of our business and differentiates us as a firm."

Inclusion in Working Mother's "100 Best Companies" list is the latest in a series of honors that the firm has received recently. Earlier this year, BCG ranked third on Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list and was included on Fortune's "100 Best Workplaces for Women" list. Earlier this month, BCG earned the top spot in Consulting magazine's "Best Firms to Work For" survey for the third consecutive year.

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