The future of work is changing fast, and so too are our clients’ needs and peoples’ expectations of their employers. We know that our people are our biggest strength as a business and that’s why we’re focused on helping to empower them to be the best that they can be.
We must lead by example. We have a responsibility to role model and promote inclusion and equality of opportunity not only internally but also externally, making a positive social impact on the communities in which we work.
Transforming our workforce and the way we work requires us to have very diverse talented people, from different backgrounds, people who have different experiences and bring innovation, creativity and a fresh perspective. We’re committed to improving the diversity of our workforce by building a culture that’s genuinely inclusive, a culture that empowers all of our people to thrive and feel they belong at PwC. To track our progress, we’ve set targets for ourselves and publicly report on our progress and our core programmes in our Annual Report and Non-financial scorecard each year.
A key component of our programme to drive greater equality in the workplace is our long standing commitment to transparent reporting of our gender and ethnicity pay gaps, beyond regulatory requirements.
We know we still have more to do, and our five-point action plan is focused on actions that will drive positive change in our business.
Achieving a culture of inclusion requires inclusive leaders, who get the best out of all their people, helping their organisations to succeed in today’s complex national and global environments. with their ability to be self-aware and open-minded they proactively create a culture in which difference is valued. Our five point action plan sets out the steps we’re taking to promote diversity and inclusion across the firm and the areas we’re focusing on for the greatest impact.
We first set five-year targets on our diversity data in 2015 to measure the success of our action plan over time. This year, we’ve updated our targets to 2025 to ensure we continue to drive change.
Our diversity targets and progress against them are also published in our Annual Report according to our obligations under HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter.
We have made good progress this year in strengthening our pipeline of female talent, particularly at manager and senior manager level, and we’re delighted that women made up 41% of internal partner admissions this year. All of this means we are on track to achieve our gender targets across all grades by July 2025.
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Our 2025 targets have been expanded to include our internal support roles and our junior grades to ensure we are building a strong pipeline for promotion across our firm. As part of our plans to accelerate action on ethnicity we’re also committed to doubling the number of Black Partners over the next five years from six to twelve, as well as increasing the proportion of Black students hired from 3% to 6%.
We know networking contributes to personal and professional fulfilment and success. That's why our firm is home to fourteen people diversity networks. Each network has specific objectives tailored to its membership. But all of them share the aim of providing a sense of community, inspiring and supporting diverse talent and raising awareness of diversity within our firm and creating a genuinely inclusive culture at PwC.
As well as the personal development and support aspects of the networks, they have a focus on identifying new business opportunities for the firm, supporting our strategy to be a leader in each of our chosen markets.
Our 5 faith networks
Christian network, Hindu network, Jewish network, Muslim network, Sikh network.
To celebrate unique aspects of Black Culture and positively impact PwC's inclusion journey by promoting the talents, skills, and views of Black employees. Open to everyone to come together and learn from each other.
DAWN - Disability, AWareness Network
DAWN is for everyone, whether you're affected personally, support a colleague or relative.
East & South-East Asian Network
Bringing together colleagues who are from East and South-East Asia, have family history or trace their ancestry to the region and also those who have an interest in the region and its culture - it welcomes everyone.
Our Gender Balance Network brings people together in conversation on gender and equality; to share experience, learn, and create valuable change.
For those with past or present military service to use their experience and personal networks to benefit both our clients and the firm.
Shine is an inclusive business network for LGBTQ+ people, allies and supporters.
Social Mobility Network
Provides practical opportunities to contribute to one of the most important challenges our society faces - that of inequality and social mobility.
South Asian Network
Bringing together those who trace their ancestry to South Asia (countries like Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka etc), or anyone with an interest in learning more.
SPACE - Supporting, Parents, Carers, & Everyone
Creating SPACE so that work sits comfortably alongside our other interests & responsibilities.
OBE, Chief Inclusion, Community & Wellbeing Officer, PwC United Kingdom