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Respect, inclusion and diversity

At Deloitte, we want everyone to feel they can be themselves and to thrive at work—in every country, in everything we do, every day. This can only be achieved by providing a workplace culture characterised by inclusive everyday behaviours and built on a foundation of respect and appreciation for diversity in all its forms.

Deloitte stands against systemic bias, racism and unequal treatment. We take seriously our responsibility to listen, learn and lead the change we wish to see in the world.

Deloitte’s ALL IN diversity and inclusion strategy is focused not only on ensuring that all Deloitte people live the organisation’s values and understand the importance of an inclusive culture empowered by inclusive leadership, but also on designing and implementing specific interventions designed to achieve Deloitte’s diversity goals. We are focused on providing everyone with equal opportunities to grow, develop and succeed in an environment where we hold each other accountable at all times.

The three pillars of Deloitte’s inclusive talent culture—underpinned by respect—are achieving gender balance, advancing LGBT+ inclusion and supporting mental health.

Achieving gender balance

  • Deloitte leaders strive to achieve gender balance across the Deloitte organisation. Deloitte Talent has set aspirational goals for all Deloitte firms and has developed consistent initiatives spanning the entire career lifecycle—from recruitment, promotion and succession processes to mentoring, sponsorship and agile working. Deloitte firm CEOs have committed to deliver on these initiatives and report progress to the Deloitte Global CEO, Deloitte Global Executive and Deloitte Global Board of Directors on a regular basis.
  • Deloitte’s focus on gender equality does not end with our own organisation. Through several of its WorldClass societal impact projects, Deloitte aims to positively impact the lives of women and girls outside our organisation. Stories of Deloitte’s work around the world comprised Deloitte Global’s first-ever Global Gender Impact Report. The report’s theme—the “Butterfly Effect”—illustrated how small actions can have widespread and lasting impact. The report was released on International Women’s Day 2020.

LGBT+ inclusion

  • At Deloitte, we want everyone to feel they can be themselves at work, without fear of discrimination or prejudice. We want our LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bi, trans and more) people to feel confident in being who they are and empowered to thrive within Deloitte and within the societies Deloitte serves.
  • Deloitte has endorsed the UN’s Standards of Conduct for Business in Tackling Discrimination against LGBTI people (the LGBTI Standards) and is taking actions to further LGBT+ inclusion aligned with core areas of these standards. This includes a focus on “allyship,” reverse mentoring and ensuring that Deloitte professionals are enabled to “walk in the shoes” of LGBT+ colleagues. In line with the UN LGBTI standard to act in the public sphere, Deloitte is proud to be a member of the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality.

Supporting mental health

  • Deloitte believes that supporting mental health is a critical aspect of inclusion and is working to address the stigma that still too often exists within society on this topic. The organisation recognises the importance of Deloitte people knowing where and how to seek support when they are experiencing mental health challenges, and being comfortable they can raise such concerns without fear of stigma. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted Deloitte Global to develop and roll out a series of podcasts focusing on ways in which Deloitte people can look after their mental health, focusing on common challenges faced during periods where people may be feeling especially worried, isolated or overwhelmed.
  • Deloitte is proud to be a founding member of the Global Business Initiative, a business-led coalition being established to both advocate for and accelerate positive change for mental health in the workplace.

Deloitte offers its people opportunities through global business resource groups (BRGs) to connect and build networks within Deloitte with others on gender, race, religion and sexual orientation. Some Deloitte firms have also established councils that bridge gaps between single-identity workplace groups, recognizing the importance of intersectionality among individuals’ identities—not only their demographic characteristics, but also their unique experiences, skills and roles both at work and away from it.

Deloitte’s focus on inclusion has been recognised by prominent organisations around the globe with recent awards, including: the 2020 Catalyst Award for advancing women in leadership (read the case study Deloitte Australia: Inspiring Women); Universum’s first Global Diversity & Inclusion IndexWorking Mother & Avtar Best Company for Women (India); Times Top 50 employers for Women (UK); Business in the Community (BiTC) Gender Equality Award in Business (UK); 2020 Careers & the disABLED Top 50 Employers (US); Working Mother 100 Best Companies; and more.

Providing an inclusive culture for all Deloitte people is a long-term commitment. Deloitte is dedicated to supporting and empowering all of its practitioners and professionals to achieve their full potential, and to delivering Deloitte’s Purpose to make an impact that matters, each and every day.

Contact

Emma Codd
Deloitte Global Inclusion Leader
ecodd@deloitte.co.uk

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