No Match Found
PwC Brazil’s People with Disabilities Inclusion & Mentoring Programme is breaking down barriers and broadening positive perceptions of the disability inclusion agenda.
More than one billion people – around 15% of the world’s population – live with disabilities. That makes them the world’s largest minority. Empowered companies are increasingly tapping into this sizable, yet relatively under-utilised source of talent and embracing the advantages that come with employing people of all abilities.
PwC Brazil is dedicated to broadening the positive perception of the disability inclusion agenda by educating leadership, identifying gaps and challenges, increasing the engagement of people with disabilities and, ultimately, improving the representation and development of people with disabilities in all PwC positions. Through its comprehensive People with Disabilities Inclusion & Mentoring (PIM) programme, PwC Brazil aims to support the professional development of employees with disabilities in all its offices and line of services, as well as expand the culture of inclusion through awareness training, leadership and mentoring opportunities.
The PIM programme, which launched in 2021, focuses on six primary goals:
Organisers of the PIM programme outlined three stages of creation to help the initiative fully address all elements of building an understanding and awareness of people with disabilities as well as championing action to support employment and career development. The three stages consist of:
“I am eternally grateful to PwC, to the PIM Programme and to my mentor, who is sparing no effort to help me discover the best paths and the best actions to achieve my goals. We are learning and teaching together!”
So far, 35 pairs of people with disabilities (mentee) and partners (mentors) have been formed. These pairs conduct mentoring sessions each month and complete personalised training that includes lessons on protagonism, purpose and ableism; active listening, empathy and inclusive communication; professional development; self-leadership (mentee) and inclusive leadership (mentor).
The mentors participating in the programme report they more fully recognise the importance of creating an environment that values the contributions of people with disabilities. Several expressed that because of the PIM programme, they feel more capable of identifying bias and are committed to ensuring a more intentional investment in culture building. As such, some plan to continue in their mentoring role, even after the programme formally concludes.
One mentee described the programme as “an enriching journey” and reported experiencing both personal and professional growth. The programme inspired them to challenge the limits of what is possible, push new boundaries and be more inclusive by applying the simple value of caring for people more broadly.
In an end-of-programme survey, participants reported the following:
Companies that make hiring people with disabilities a priority, and then work to retain them by fostering inclusive environments, reap the many benefits of what disabled employees bring. As the largest minority group, people with disabilities bring a wealth of talents and skills to employers as ultimate problem solvers with unlimited potential. PwC Brazil is excited about the future growth of the PIM programme and the opportunities they will continue to gain from it.
“These mentorships are moments that enrich our lives and make us think more about the vital topics for our life and the life of the firm. If you asked me what I think about the PIM programme, I would say that I am in love.”
“Participation in PIM has been an enriching journey! At each meeting our values became clear in practice. The first, without a doubt, was challenging the limits of what is possible in each moment of life, maintaining integrity, seeking to make a difference as a team. It was up to me to learn and share the experience of a longer career, push new boundaries, be more inclusive and apply the value of caring for people.”