Every day, our LGBT+ professionals bring their authentic selves to work, making our workplace culture brighter.
At PwC, we’re committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves, including our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people.
From sponsoring pride parades around the world, to adding respect for sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression into our Global Code of Conduct, to issuing a Global Human Rights statement, there are many examples of PwC’s commitment to LGBT+ inclusion around the world.
Supporting LGBT+ inclusion isn’t just the right thing to do. An inclusive workplace enables us to embrace the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of all our people to create better outcomes for clients and society.
To mark Pride Month 2019, our leaders share what Pride means to them.
"Leaders need to be active advocates and allies for LGBT+ equality and inclusion. They can't hide from or ignore these issues – we must be loud in our support for LGBT+ colleagues."
Bringing our global LGBT+ community together
From 28-30 June 2019, PwC organised its first ever Global LGBT+ summit in New York, in conjunction with the World Pride celebration and the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.
The Summit brought together 200 PwC LGBT+ leaders and staff from 28 countries to share knowledge, network and talk about LGBT+ issues. On the agenda was a keynote from the Founder and Principal of Out Leadership Todd Sears and a private screening of the Lavender Scare, the first documentary to tell the story of an unrelenting campaign in the 1950s by the US federal government to identify and fire all employees suspected of being homosexual. For live perspectives from the Summit, follow @PwC, #PwCPride and #PwCProud.
In collaboration with the World Economic Forum, this coalition of organisations works together to advance global progress for equality and social and economic inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
A coalition of leading global companies dedicated to LGBT+ inclusion. It aims to present the business rationale on global LGBT+ inclusion: successful, enterprising businesses thrive in diverse, inclusive societies and the spread of anti-LGBT+ policies runs counter to the interests of business and economic growth.
A global LGBT+ business network which helps Out Leaders and organisations realise the economic growth and talent dividend derived from inclusive business. PwC has partnered with Out Leadership on a research project and we are one of three sponsors for its talent development initiative for high-performing LGBT+ future leaders, OutNEXT.
As the sponsoring partner for PwC Africa’s LGBT “Be Yourself” network, Botha is proud of the difference it is making for younger people in the organisation who weren’t yet comfortable being out at work.
“I don’t fit into any box as a woman engineer, with a PhD from one of the leading universities in the United States, then working in academia, moving to leadership positions, and finally joining a professional services firm. Since nothing ‘fits together,’ so to speak, it shows others that being different can give you an advantage.”
For PwC’s Ruth Punter, diversity takes many forms. Most obviously, of course, she is a woman working with clients in the male-dominated financial services industry. She is also an openly out gay woman, and takes care to mention her intermittent mental health challenges that have underlined for her the importance of having an open and supportive working environment.
“It’s important for people to be able to be themselves and have a chance to shine in all their forms of diversity.”
Dale E Meikle
Global Diversity & Inclusion Program Office Leader, PwC United States
Global Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager , PwC United States