Stories of our impact

Just be yourself

Imagine feeling nervous about specifying whether your partner is male or female. Or standing outside a bathroom, anguishing over which door to walk through. At Deloitte, we want to ensure that this doesn’t happen. We want all our people to enjoy an inclusive environment; one where everyone is encouraged to be themselves and where they can thrive, develop and succeed.

This year, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of our LGBT+ network (GLOBE). We hosted an inspiring event with Justine Greening MP to talk about LGBT equality, and introduced a new Gender Expression and Transition policy. Here’s a look back at some of our highlights.

Just like me and you

Ever heard of Just Like Us? It’s a charity that sends recent LGBT+ school leavers into schools to give talks and run workshops to encourage acceptance of all, regardless of sexuality or gender identity. With Stonewall research suggesting 96 per cent of LGBT+ pupils hear homophobic remarks at school, and given that such bullying can leave a lifetime of trauma in its wake, at Deloitte we share the charity’s commitment to improving LGBT+ equality.

It was an honour to have Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, join us for the launch of the LGBT+ School Diversity Weeks at an event hosted by GLOBE with Just Like Us. As the first openly gay female Cabinet minister, Justine talked about how she first announced that she had a same-sex partner on Twitter, sharing with the audience that she feels better for being able to be open about who she is. The Just Like Us student ambassadors seconded that, describing the positive reaction when they talk in schools about their experiences of coming out.

Embracing our true identity

The idea of being better ‘as who we are’ is central to each of Deloitte’s ten diversity networks. GLOBE turned ten this year, celebrating a decade of dismantling stereotypes and helping to spread the word that we're supportive of everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Engaging with clients, changing perspectives and opening colleagues’ minds through thought-provoking events and campaigns has been central to GLOBE’s activities since its formation in 2007. Since then, the network has reached over 1,000 members, marched at London Pride, set up Deloitte’s LGBT Allies Programme, and launched GLOBE regionally in our Cardiff, Manchester, Belfast and Scotland offices.

This year, the firm (supported by GLOBE) made a significant step towards being truly trans-inclusive with the launch of our new Gender Expression and Transition Policy, designed to support employees who are considering, are undergoing or have undergone gender transition. The policy also supports those who identify as non-binary, gender-fluid or gender-variant.

Find out more about the importance of respect and inclusion within our talent strategy and watch ‘Ask yourself…’ – a short film to help everyone at Deloitte think about their personal responsibility to treat people with respect and to judge others on the value they can, and do, bring.