Globalization brings an influx of information from an increasingly diverse workforce. In this fast-changing environment, every situation and context brings its own set of challenges.
At EY, we believe that only the highest-performing teams, which maximize the power of different opinions, perspectives and cultural references, will succeed in the global marketplace. Our focus on diversity and inclusiveness is integral to how we serve our clients, develop our people and play a leadership role in our communities.
- Diversity is about differences. Each of us is different, and at EY we value and respect individual differences. At EY, we think broadly about differences; they include background, education, gender, ethnicity, nationality, generation, age, working and thinking styles, religious background, sexual orientation, ability and technical skills. There are also differences according to service line, sector and function.
- Inclusiveness is about leveraging these differences to achieve better business results. It is about creating an environment where all of our people feel, and are, valued, where they are able to bring their differences to work each day, and where they contribute their personal best in every encounter.
Research shows that companies with diverse teams that are led inclusively perform better than those with more homogenous teams. Diverse teams are more likely to improve market share and have success in new markets; they demonstrate stronger collaboration and better retention.
Making sure that all our people’s voices are heard and valued not only helps attract and retain the best people, but it also helps us deliver better approaches for our clients and for our own organization. That is because creating an inclusive workforce, where all difference matter, allows us to identify the risks and opportunities we might not otherwise see.
The D&I roadmap, a shared, common framework relevant to all of EY, is helping us drive change at both the organizational and individual levels.