Five PwC people named in EMPower’s Ethnic Minority Role Model Lists

Jun 06, 2019

PwC UK Chairman and Senior Partner Kevin Ellis has been named as one of EMPower’s Top Ten Ethnic Minority Advocates. The Advocates list recognises individuals who are not ethnic minority themselves, but who are dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace environment for ethnic minorities.

Tunji Akintokun, Head of Sales at PwC UK, and Albertha Charles, Partner, have been named in the EMPower 100 Ethnic Minority Executives List. The Executives list recognises senior minority ethnic people who are leading by example and removing barriers on the pathway to success for other ethnic minority employees.

Mary Agbesanwa and Dara Kirton were also named in the 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders list. The Future Leaders list recognises high performing and high potential individuals who are leading in work towards ethnic minority inclusion.

Kevin was recognised for his leadership of PwC’s activities to drive change and inclusion for ethnic minority people. Within PwC’s UK business, these include:

  • Being one of the first UK businesses to publish its ethnicity pay gap, which PwC has done voluntarily in its digital annual report since 2016, alongside a targeted action plan to drive diversity and inclusion;

  • Investment in progression coaches to provide career advice and advocacy specifically for high-potential ethnic minority and female directors;

  • Partner income allocation has been changed to ensure leaders within PwC who are making a positive contribution to gender and ethnicity targets are recognised and rewarded.

PwC is also dedicated to working with communities and other groups to help achieve positive change. Key activities from the past year include:

  • PwC joining forces with UKBlackTech to encourage greater diversity in the technology sector and inspire more young people from a range of backgrounds to pursue careers in technology

  • PwC investing in Bradford, a government-identified opportunity area. PwC has opened a new Assurance Centre in the city, and works with over 30 local schools and two further education colleges to provide training for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Kevin Ellis, Chairman and Senior Partner at PwC UK, commented:

“Equality of opportunity is fundamental to our culture at PwC and I believe it’s important to be open about both our progress and the challenges we face. Equality and diversity is in everyone’s best interests, so we believe a holistic approach to improving ethnic diversity in the workforce. By taking a range of actions from voluntarily publishing our ethnicity pay gap, to opening a new centre in Bradford, or partnering with UKBlackTech, we’re hoping to drive positive change for our employees, potential recruits, clients and the communities in which we work.

“There is still a lot of work to be done by all businesses to support equality, diversity and inclusion so listening to employees, setting clear targets and being transparent on progress against these are important in helping us improve.”

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Notes to editors

  1. PwC has voluntarily published it’s ethnicity pay gap since 2016. You can find both PwC UK’s ethnicity and gender pay gap data, along with our five point action plan on diversity and inclusion in our digital annual report: https://pwc.to/2LEgDx3

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About INvolve & EMpower

The EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model Lists showcase business leaders who are breaking down barriers at work and working hard to smash the ceiling for ethnic minorities in the UK, Ireland, Europe, and people of colour in the United States and Canada. Representing multiple sectors and industries, those on our EMpower Role Model Lists have not only achieved success in their own careers but used this to actively drive for more inclusive workplaces.

EMpower is part of INvolve, an organisation championing diversity and inclusion in business. INvolve sits above OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes, initiatives working respectively across LGBT+, ethnic minority and gender inclusion in business. Through the delivery of events, programmes, thought leadership and advisory services, INvolve helps firms drive cultural change and create more inclusive workplaces. In addition, OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes publish role model lists annually celebrating business leaders and future leaders who are leading the charge in their respective diversity spheres.

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About PwC

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 158 countries with over 250,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.pwc.com.

PwC refers to the PwC network and/or one or more of its member firms, each of which is a separate legal entity. Please see www.pwc.com/structure for further details.

© 2019 PwC. All rights reserved

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