Deloitte employees commit to workplace diversity

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Deloitte employees commit to workplace diversity

Deloitte’s Allies Programme continues to gather momentum, with more than 500 workers pledging their support to it.

Thursday 29 January 2015

More than 500 Deloitte employees have now pledged to promote workplace diversity, by signing up to the business advisory firm’s Allies Programme.

The scheme was launched during December, in a bid to celebrate and safeguard people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).

As the programme gathers momentum, Deloitte has urged even more of its workers to declare themselves as LGBT allies.

How the scheme works

  • By committing to the Allies Programme, Deloitte’s straight workers can officially declare their support for their LGBT colleagues.
  • Those joining the programme are encouraged to show this support by displaying a branded piece of merchandise in their workplace.
  • Deloitte ultimately hopes that by raising awareness of LGBT issues, its workforce will become more diverse.

Setting a positive example

The efforts made by Deloitte’s partners to promote LGBT diversity and inclusion have already been recognised by the latest set of OUTstanding lists, published by the Financial Times.

These lists highlight the steps which businesses are taking to support LGBT people.

Sharon Thorne, managing partner for regional markets, came 14th in the 2014 OUTstanding in Business Top 20 Allies list.

Meanwhile, Matt Batham, a member of the firm’s tax executive, finished 68th in the Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders list.

What the experts say

Ms Thorne said Deloitte has made it as easy as possible for its workers to join the Allies Programme.

Explaining the thinking behind the scheme, she added: “We want to see our employees feeling more comfortable talking about LGBT issues, and create an environment where all our people feel able to be themselves at work.

“The Allies Programme is designed to encourage this conversation, showcase senior role models, and develop a better understanding of diversity and inclusion at the firm.”

Wider LGBT commitments

By getting involved in the Allies Programme, Deloitte’s employees can pledge their support to their LGBT colleagues by displaying things like badges, stickers and branded mugs.

However, Deloitte’s LGBT commitments do not begin and end with the Allies Programme.

The firm has also set up an LGBT community, called GLOBE, which aims to deliver further support and representation.

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“We want to see our employees feeling more comfortable talking about LGBT issues, and create an environment where all our people feel able to be themselves at work.” Sharon Thorne, managing partner for regional markets

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