Organisations with diverse talent are best placed to respond to an ever-changing world, and as a firm we have an important role in leading the way through shaping attitudes, challenging discrimination and developing a workplace where everyone is valued - regardless of their sexuality, race, gender identity, religion or ability.
Our GLEE@PwC network empowers our people to open up conversations on diversity and inclusion with each other, and with our clients. The network works to break down the barriers and connect people to celebrate difference.
PwC is a member of Out Leadership, a leading LGBT+ business organisation that partners with multinationals to recognise that inclusion positively impacts business results. We are part of a large and influential network of leaders building opportunities, cultivating talent and driving equality forward.
"GLEE creates opportunities for people across the firm to take on leadership roles when they might be fairly junior in their day to day job, develop their professional skills, build their networks internally and with clients. It's been incredibly useful to progress my own career within the firm."
Following the success of our membership with Out Leadership, PwC is expanding the relationship to sponsor OutNEXT, their global LGBT+ development programme alongside Barclays and Bloomberg. The programme is a series of events in global leadership development for upcoming LGBT+ executives, and our firm is supporting the initiative at the European Summit in London in October.
We’re also developing our connections outside of our client community, leading to partnerships with The LGBT Network of Networks (TNON), Link Up North (Financial Services sector LGBT network) and Alliance (a Midlands-based LGBT network). This helps drive the conversation on diversity and inclusion across regions and sectors.
While we've supported Pride in London for many years as a corporate walking group, in 2017 for the first time we've formally sponsored Pride, with 140 of our people joining the July 2017 parade in an open top bus, in front of crowds of an estimated 1 million. As part of our sponsorship, we hosted various events and activities to engage with our people and our clients. A key part of our celebration was to engage our people in LGBT History Month, which promotes equality and diversity by celebrating the history, lives and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Our Pride celebrations also included Birmingham, Leeds and Belfast, where many of our people took part in parades and events.
"Our support for Pride helps us demonstrate our commitment to being inclusive, by developing a working environment where difference of all types is truly valued. Our determination to create such a workplace is embedded in our people strategy. We aim to empower our people to be the best they can be and realise their full potential. But we know they’ll only be able to do those things if they can truly be their real selves at work."
Inclusion is more than just a buzzword for us - it’s part of everything we do. Our GLEE@PwC members are connecting more people and raising greater awareness across our network, as well as collaborating with clients to have a bigger impact in the market and society.
Our collective reach through the Out Leadership initiative allows us to progress the conversation on LGBT+ issues, and our support and sponsorship of Pride in London helps to keep this celebration free.
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