A council consisting of some of our most senior network leaders around the world drives diversity change management at PwC. FY 2014 saw the launch of an intensive data exercise across our network aimed at accelerating the pace of change and helping each of our firms to focus on their own set of priorities.
The first ever global long-leave policy was launched to further support our talent across our network in returning to their careers after an absence from work.
In FY 2014 we launched our inaugural Global Diversity Week. Running from 24 March 2014, it kicked off with a message from our Global Chairman Dennis Nally to every PwC professional across the globe.
The aims of the initiative were to help create wider and deeper awareness of diversity as a PwC priority, help our people understand the business case for diversity, and embrace differences as we foster the behavioural change that will create an even more inclusive PwC workplace. During the week, we rolled out our first diversity communications campaign, created with input directly from our own people.
More than 50,000 of our people from over 70 countries engaged in Global Diversity Week, which included the launch of leadership videos, self-assessment tools and a global e-learning, all hosted on the Global Open Minds Portal. On our internal social network, PwC people engaged directly in conversations with our most senior leaders on the topic of inclusion.
PwC strives constantly to accelerate the pace of change and maximise the diverse talents of our whole workforce. The following examples illustrate the progress we are making: