Inclusion

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.

Diversity pay reporting

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.

How we are driving an inclusive culture

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 run inclusive leadership programmes to help our leaders at all levels create a culture where difference is embraced and to equip them with the skills and knowledge to do to drive inclusion in their business, and we work with teams across the firm to help them understand the role that all of us play in creating an inclusive culture. All of our inclusion activity is underpinned by sustained engagement and communication strategy that is designed to engage our people in thinking about inclusion in broadest terms, covering different aspects of difference and challenging our people to reflect on how they can be more inclusive.

Ensuring senior level accountability for delivering on our publicly disclosed targets for both gender and ethnicity, aligning our accountability framework to both performance management and reward. In our partner income allocation process, we have recognised and rewarded those partners who have made a positive contribution to the delivery of our diversity targets.

Working on high-profile projects is one way that our people can really make their mark and progress in their career. That’s why we’ve taken a number of steps to make sure that we’re providing fair access to the best work opportunities. It’s about challenging assumptions to ensure that we’re not always looking in the same pool when it comes to resourcing, providing more people with the opportunity to work on career defining projects.

We’re making sure that our recruitment processes from student hires to experienced hires, are open and attractive to all. We’ve invested in new recruitment tools to reduce an unintended bias in our processes and are using data to monitor our progress. Banning all male shortlists for experienced hires and our new Flexible Talent Network are just some of the bold changes we’ve made to our recruitment process to ensure we’re looking in the broadest talent pool possible.

We’re investing to create more progression coaches to provide career sponsorship and advice to high potential female and ethnic minority directors. Career sponsorship is a vital part of giving individuals the network and support to reach their full potential.

Inclusive communities

We know networking contributes to personal and professional fulfilment and success. That's why our firm is home to eleven 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.

DAWN - Disability, Ability, & Wellbeing Network
DAWN is for everyone, whether you're affected personally, support a colleague or relative.

Gender Balance
Gender Balance brings together PwC women and men, to learn, network, and share experience and knowledge on gender related topics.

Shine
Shine is an inclusive business network for LGBTQ+ people, allies and supporters.  

Multicultural Business Network
The MBN seeks to create opportunities through the multiculturalism of our firm.  

Military Network
For those with past or present military service to use their experience and personal networks to benefit both our clients and the firm.

SPACE - Supporting, Parents, Carers, & Everyone
Creating SPACE so that work sits comfortably alongside our other interests & responsibilities.

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Sarah Churchman

OBE, Chief Inclusion, Community & Wellbeing Officer, PwC United Kingdom

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