Standing up for LGBT+ equality and inclusion

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.

How we March with Pride


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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."

Bob Moritz, Global Chairman PwC

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Bringing our global LGBT+ community together

From 28-30 June 2019, PwC is organising 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 will bring together more than 160 PwC LGBT+ leaders and people from 23 countries to share knowledge, network and talk about LGBT+ issues. On the agenda is 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 updates from the Summit, follow @PwC, #PwCPride and #PwCProud.  

We’re partnering with other organisations to make progress on LGBT+ equality

Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality

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.

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Open for Business coalition

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.

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Out Leadership and OutNext

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.

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Hear from our leaders

Working together for LGBT+ equality and inclusion

2019 is an important and historic year for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) community as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in the US, known as the birth of the modern LGBT+ rights movement.

By Bob Moritz, Global Chairman, PwC 

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Shining a light on LGBT+ inclusion

As we celebrate Pride Month in many parts of the world, I am reminded of a groundbreaking and historic moment for LGBT+ people in my home country, India.

By, Sharmila Karve, Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader, PwC India

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Be yourself, be different: Standing up for LGBT+ inclusion

Every day, I see how diversity makes PwC -- and broader society -- stronger. Support for LGBT+ colleagues is a vital part of inclusion within PwC. And, it can’t be done under the radar.

By Bob Moritz, Global Chairman at PwC

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The power of leadership, advocacy and allies in delivering the business benefits of LGBT+ inclusion

LGBT+ inclusion pays dividends. A survey carried out by PwC in conjunction with Out Leadership highlights the extent to which a supportive and targeted focus on LGBT+ inclusion is now a valuable brand differentiator, a performance enhancer and a talent draw.

By Jon Terry, Diversity and Inclusion Consulting Leader, PwC UK

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Learn more about the career stories of our LGBT+ talent:


Liesbeth Botha

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.”

Ruth Punter

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.”

Contact us

Dale E Meikle

PwC Global Diversity & Inclusion Program Office Leader

Bradley Deckert

Global Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager , PwC United States

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