At PwC, our focus on diversity and inclusion is about making PwC a great place to work for all of our people. We focus on diversity because it's the right thing to do and it's good for our business. Doing the right thing is how we best serve our clients, so it only makes sense that it is incorporated into our overall business strategy and our focus on our people. You can see and feel our commitment from the top down. Diversity is embedded in the way we think about business.
PwC's Minority Circles, Women's Networking Circles, Parenting Circles, and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Circles are designed as professional forums to help women, ethnic minorities, parents, and gay and lesbian professionals connect with one another and provide mentoring, learning and development opportunities. They also give professionals access to role models that help them develop and advance. We have most recently established the Special-Needs Caregivers Circle with the mission to provide a nationwide support network of professionals who have a disability or special need or have someone in their lives with a disability or special need.
As a 2007 Catalyst Award winner, PwC understands that gender differences do matter. In fact, our People Strategy includes a philosophical approach to developing talent. Instead of treating everyone the same, we have a customized approach to fit the diversity of our people to create a culture of inclusion. To date, our efforts have paid off. More than half of the firm's new hires each year are women and their representation at the partner level continues to steadily increase.
PwC actively supports LGBT professionals through its LGBT Circles as well as our LGBT Partner Advisory Board. The Board represents a diverse range of tenure, professional skill and life experience and advises firm leadership on the planning and implementation of LGBT initiatives which continue to make an impact. Since 2006, PwC has scored 100% on HRC's Corporate Equality Index.
PwC is committed to supporting our veteran and military communities. We understand the depth and breadth of experience that they bring to our country and our firm. With contributions and innovative ideas from our veteran and military professionals, we have been able to drive growth and sustain a competitive advantage for our firm in the marketplace.
We have created premier programs that support our veterans, active duty military personnel and their families at work and in the community. Through our Veteran's Network, we provide programs that provide transition support, career development, philanthropy and educational services. As a firm, we’re proud to share the same values and commitment to leadership that our veterans bring to PwC because in today’s marketplace we know it’s experience that counts.
PwC has received the Seven Seals Award and the Above and Beyond Award from the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), and we've been recognized as one of the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for the last four years by G.I. Jobs Magazine.