Allied in action

A message from Kavitha Prabhakar, chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer, Deloitte US

Kavitha Prabhakar

When I reflect on the past 18 months, I am heartened by the many milestones we achieved together and the collective impact we have made. I have had the opportunity to listen to stories, learn from others’ experiences, and participate in meaningful change. When we published our inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Transparency Report in January 2021, we took an important step in our commitment to acknowledge and act by sharing data on our current state and identifying focus areas and goals that aligned with our future vision. We also introduced our go-forward diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategy, a multiyear effort to drive equitable outcomes within Deloitte, with our clients, and in our communities.

This year, we are following up on the commitments we made and reporting on our progress. With clear goals and metrics in place, we believe we are well-positioned to accelerate movement toward a more equitable workplace and society.

While we continue to work toward our goals at an organizational level, the heart of progress lies in the individual action, allyship, and advocacy of all Deloitte leaders and professionals. It is through intentional actions, big and small, that we let each of our colleagues know they belong here, that they are valued, and that they are celebrated. Woven together, we are a powerful force for progress.

That is why we are championing 2022 as a Year of Allyship. Together we are embracing the challenges, understanding root causes, participating in self-education, flipping orthodoxies, proactively challenging the status quo, and recognizing that we all have the power to empower.

Our allyship definition

Allyship is the practice of empathizing with the experiences of systemically disadvantaged groups,1 looking out for biases, and actively using your voice and power to advance equity. Allyship is a personal responsibility and lifelong journey. It is not a destination or self-assessed title; others should see you as an ally.

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To that end, this report is about far more than transparency—it’s intended to inspire active commitment to allyship from each and every one of us at Deloitte. The report is a call to lean into the work we are already doing. A call for new ideas to drive progress forward. And a call to fully embrace our role as allies and take bold action.

Throughout this report, we share quantitative and qualitative data and goals so that we can better understand our progress, identify focus areas, and define clear actions to move forward. This report underscores our commitment and continued efforts to listen to—and amplify—our people’s voices so we can continue to grow and thrive together.

Kavitha Prabhakar
Kavitha Prabhakar
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
Deloitte US

Language and Allyship:
Say This Not That

Recognizing that words can have the power to make someone feel seen or excluded, the Black Action Council developed the Say This Not That series, sessions that explore commonly used, potentially offensive phrases. To develop these sessions, Deloitte professionals engaged in crowdsourcing exercises to identify the phrases they hear most frequently and why they are harmful. The series has been expanded to include sessions covering phrases potentially harmful to additional communities, including Asian and Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx, People with Disabilities, and LGBTQIA+, with more sessions in development.

  1. Systemically disadvantaged groups refer to groups who are disadvantaged by societal systems based on a social identity related to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, religion, disability, language, and more.