We strive to build and maintain a diverse culture which supports and attracts people from all ethnic backgrounds. We value what this diversity brings to our culture and the opportunities it provides to widen our horizons and understand our clients, and each other.
Supporting our people
Employee resource group: Origins
Origins is our BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic) employee resource group in London. Origins is open to everyone and provides a diverse, accessible and proactive forum that supports our BAME colleagues and promotes greater inclusion of people from all backgrounds. Origins hosts formal and informal events, both within the firm and through our clients’ BAME networks, creating opportunities to learn about culture and business.
Building Asian capability
In Australia, building a linguistically and culturally diverse workforce is one of the cornerstones of our diversity and inclusion strategy. Our Australian offices are focusing on building our Asian talent pipeline, given their proximity to Asia.
We sponsored a study conducted by Diversity Council Australia called Leading in the Asian Century, which provides a model for measuring ‘Asia capability’ within organizations. This issue is now seen as a strategic priority for business success in the region.
Broad-based black economic empowerment
In South Africa, our broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) strategies and activities are wide-ranging and include employment equality, skills development, procurement from black suppliers, enterprise development and social economic development.
BEE-Matrix, an agency recognized by the South African National Accreditation System, has rated us a Level 2 broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) contributor in recognition of our work in this area. The ranking means that our clients are able to include a percentage of their expenditure with us as preferential procurement in their own B-BBEE assessments.
We will use the progress we have made with B-BBEE to develop our long-term strategy to further promote sustainable broad-based empowerment and transformation. This achievement is particularly gratifying as we have identified transformation as one of our strategic objectives.
Perspectives: What Black History Month means to me
Shirley-Ann Hunte, partnership office manager, London