As a progressive employer it’s essential for us to have diverse and engaged people, which is why our people agenda is at the heart of our business strategy.
This year we’ve continued to recruit a diverse range of talented people into our business, with a particular focus on encouraging more people from ethnic minority backgrounds, people from different social backgrounds and women into our business.
Open Mind is our diversity and bias awareness training. It was first launched some years ago and is mandatory for all our partners and staff to take on a biennial basis. The training is designed to make our people think about the impact of unconscious bias on their relationships, and consider situations where they can take action to be more open-minded to difference. The intention is to demonstrate that we all have a responsibility to actively challenge the assumptions we may have about others, how we can all display bias and be on the receiving end of it.
This is especially important for our interviewers and assessors – we make sure all involved in the recruitment processes have completed the training and deliver regular refreshers to ensure our processes are fair and unbiased.
The Taking action to be more open minded Open Mind campaign has recently launched with a new film which focuses on having a curious, open minded and meaningful conversation - techniques that are critical to being inclusive and appreciative of difference.
Networking contributes to personal and professional fulfilment, and success in the work place. We have 13 internal people networks that are open for any member of staff to join. They’re there to provide our people with a sense of community, inspiring and supporting each other.
Many of our networks hold events and activities, for example this summer our Disability Network held an event with Ruby Wax to discuss mental wellbeing. As a result of the event, PwC has signed up to the ‘Time to Change’ campaign. Read more. We also supported the Invictus games through our Disability network and hosted a Disability in the city event which supported disabled students aspiring to work in the city.