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Four Deloitte role models recognised in OUTstanding lists 2018 for their contribution to lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT+) inclusion

25 October 2018

Four Deloitte role models have made it onto this year’s OUTstanding business role model lists, published in today’s Financial Times. They include Deloitte’s CEO, David Sproul, ranked 22nd and managing partner for talent Emma Codd, ranked 34th on the 50 Ally Executives list. Will Smith, a partner who sponsors Deloitte’s LGBT+ network GLOBE is at number 60 in the 100 LGBT+ Executives. Em Sendall, who co-chairs GLOBE, is 27th in the 50 LGBT+ Future Leaders category.

The ‘LGBT’, ‘Ally’ and ‘Future Business Leaders’ lists recognise inspirational role models who work tirelessly to create an inclusive workplace environment for all and who have effected positive change for LGBT+ people. The nominees were judged on a range of criteria including leadership, acting as a role model, challenging stereotypes, and an overall contribution to diversity. All nominees were deemed to have achieved this over and above their day jobs.

David Sproul and Emma Codd made the Ally Executives List, which features business leaders who do not themselves identify as LGBT+, but have been champions of inclusion for LGBT+ people. Under David’s leadership, Deloitte has delivered a number of initiatives over the last five years to engage all its people on the importance of respect and inclusion. The firm has added its support to marriage equality in Northern Ireland, joining a number of large businesses in an open letter to Government calling for the introduction of same-sex marriage there.

David Sproul comments: “I’m truly honoured to be included on this list. Everyone should to feel able to bring their whole self to work and I’m proud that my leadership team is committed to promoting respect and inclusion in all parts of our business. I believe that our people make Deloitte, and it’s the diversity of those people that is key to our success.”

Emma Codd, as managing partner for talent, established Deloitte’s respect and inclusion approach and since then over 6,000 senior leaders have participated in inclusive leadership workshops. She also introduced respect and inclusion advisors - senior leaders who provide employees with a safe channel to confidentially call out inappropriate behaviour.

Emma Codd comments: “I want Deloitte to be a place where everyone feels respected and included, where our people are judged solely on the value that they can bring. I believe that real diversity is only possible with an inclusive culture and that’s why our firm is committed to providing an environment where our people can truly be themselves.”

Sandhu, Founder & CEO, Involve concluded: “Our sixth OUTstanding list is our most international and diverse ever. It features executives representing 21 countries around the world – from Ghana to Germany and from India to Israel. We’re so proud to see so many senior and future leaders recognised as role models for their work driving cultural change and creating environments where everyone can succeed. Everyone – regardless of gender, sexuality or ethnicity - benefits from a level playing field where people feel able to bring their whole selves to work.”


Note to editors

About INvolve and OUTstanding
OUTstanding is part of INvolve. INvolve is a membership organisation championing diversity and inclusion in business. It sits above OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes, membership initiatives working respectively across LGBT+, ethnic minority and gender diversity. Through the delivery of events, programmes, thought leadership and advisory services INvolve helps member firms drive cultural change and create more inclusive workplaces. In addition, OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes publish role model lists annually in partnership with the Financial Times, celebrating business leaders and future leaders who are leading the charge in their respective diversity spheres.

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