Ernst & Young recognised as leading diversity employer
London 5 October 2011 - Ernst & Young has been recognised as one of the UK’s leading employers for diversity, scooping a top accolade at the annual Race for Opportunity Awards held at the London Hilton Hotel last night.
The professional services firm fought off tough competition to win a ‘widening the talent pool- progression’ award for its Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Leadership programme.
The Race for Opportunity Awards, run by the charity Business in the Community, seek to recognise exceptional progress within organisations working towards race equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Commenting on the firm’s success, Liz Bingham, Ernst & Young’s managing partner for People said: “To have been recognised as a leading employer for the work we are doing around diversity, is a tremendous achievement. The BME Leadership Programme has only been running for the last three years, but we have already seen our BME partner numbers increase by 15% and our BME senior manager numbers by 21%."
Ernst & Young’s BME Leadership Programme is aimed at high achieving managers and senior managers, and is designed to support their career progression and help them to develop authentic leadership styles. Participants receive careers coaching and also take part in an intensive two day leadership course. The feedback from participants and facilitators has been extremely positive with one of the facilitators describing the programme as “a catalyst for change - participants realise how to use their diversity as a strength.”
Bingham concluded: “Whether it’s the BME Leadership Programme, our employee networks or our maternity coaching scheme, we are actively exploring new ways to support the pipeline of talent we have coming through every level of the business. We want Ernst & Young to be a place where all our people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or background, are able to succeed and achieve their potential.”