Diversity and inclusion

Agnès Hussherr, Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader

To solve important problems we need diverse talent. So at PwC we employ people with a vast array of backgrounds and experiences – meaning they think differently from one another and apply varying approaches to problem solving. And we’re committed to helping every one of them build a rewarding career and achieve their full potential.

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.

Diversity in numbers

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:

  • Diversity leaders appointed in all of our firms
  • Globally, 18% of our partners are female in FY 2014, up from 13% in 2006. The China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan region led the way, with 32% female partners
  • 141 (25%) of our internal partner admissions were female this year, an increase of 2% from last year
  • Olga Grygier-Siddons appointed as Senior Partner of our Central and Eastern Europe region
  • Nora Wu appointed to our Network Executive Team as Global Human Capital Leader
  • 50% of global graduate hires this year were women
  • 75% (up 8% since 2011) of our people believe PwC is an inclusive work environment
  • During FY 2014, 37% of participants in our global leadership development programme – Genesis Park – were women
  • Female leaders consistently cite a mobility experience as one of their top-three developmental milestones. Globally, 35% of our talent deployed on long-term international assignments were women.