As part of the firm’s approach to Diversity and Inclusiveness, we are delighted to sponsor a number of networks within the firm. These networks support their members in many ways, including connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their full potential.
Our networks are a valuable resource to the firm and our D&I strategy relies on harnessing their power to achieve our wider strategic objectives. They contribute to these in a number of ways:
- Raising awareness of the diversity of our people and promoting a culture of inclusive leadership. Educating the business by raising awareness of the issues facing some of our under-represented groups.
- Attracting diverse new talent by contributing to the firm’s position as an employer of choice.
- Providing members with personal development opportunities and creating a sense of affinity with the firm. Creating opportunities to connect with colleagues across all our service lines and in different geographical locations, providing wider personal networks.
- Connecting to the market by providing opportunities to engage with our clients and potential clients.
- Challenging the business to ensure that inclusive practices are ‘business as usual’.
All our networks are fully inclusive and welcome members from any background.
Here’s a little more about each of them.
EY Black Network
Supports the firm’s D&I agenda by creating opportunities that foster the retention and development of EY’s black professionals. Activities focus on connecting our members within the firm and within the market, engaging with the firm’s leadership, and building relationships that serve the firm and our wider communities.
EY Disability Working Group
Aims to make us a more disability confident organisation and is working on raising awareness, ensuring effective accessibility and raising our profile in the recruitment market. Includes the following groups:
- EY Autism Network
- EY Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Network
- EY Dyslexia Network
- EY Mental Health Network
- EY Stammering Network
EY Far East Network
Allows members to connect with people across the firm who have an interest in the Far East, whether it be for professional or business development, networking or learning about the various cultures in the Far East.
Unity - EY’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allies Network
Exists to create opportunities which develop both members’ potential and the firm’s business. The network also provides support to our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their allies.
EY Interfaith Working Group
Aims to promote awareness, dialogue and cooperation between the various faith groups within the firm. Includes the following groups:
- EY Christian Network
- EY Hindu Network
- EY Jewish Network
- EY Muslim Network
- EY Sikh Network
EY Latin Network
Promotes diversity through raising greater awareness of Latin American and Hispanic cultures. Supports the firm’s business by enabling connections internally and externally, engaging with clients using its knowledge and understanding of Latin America, and supports its members in their integration with the local culture.
EY Parents’ Network
Aims to ensure EY is recognised as a great place for parents to work by supporting fathers and mothers directly and indirectly, ensuring we consider internal and external views and adopt best practice as an employer of parents. It offers seminars and a buddy system for those returning from maternity leave. Includes the following group:
- EY Special Needs Forum
EY Russian Speaking Business Network
Raises the profile of the Russian-Speaking community within the firm and with our clients. Supports internal and external events that increase awareness of Russian, CIS & Baltic economies. Activities focus on networking, personal development and professional opportunities with Russian & CIS clients.
EY South Asian Network
Helps our people, clients and communities maximise their potential through better awareness and understanding of South Asian cultures. Creates relationship development opportunities both internally and with clients.
EY Women’s Network
Aims to ensure our women feel empowered to maximise their own potential through a variety of means, including increasing visibility and access to role models and promoting networking and relationship-building both internally and externally (including with FTSE 100 Board members and Women Entrepreneurs).