In a world that is increasingly accelerated by technology, inequality is on the rise and society is becoming more and more fragmented.
In January, the discussions at the World Economic Forum focused on a range of topics, but almost all touched on the inequality we see today – income inequality, gender inequality, racial inequality, education inequality, among others.
The differences between us are getting wider and may in the end threaten our collective success. We need therefore to find a new dynamic that will ensure that as a global society we truly are the sum of all of our parts: a dynamic which is founded on inclusion. And we need to start now. What kind of equality can we expect tomorrow if we don’t inspire action today?
The issue of inequality is not unknown to us. We read about it daily in our newsfeeds. We encounter it in our daily lives; for some of us it will feel very real and very personal. If I stop for a moment to think about the size of the problem, and how it will only be exacerbated in the future, I can often feel overwhelmed. The problem seems so great and so complex that I don’t think that anything I do will make a difference.
In moments like this, I have to remind myself that this simply isn’t true. As Edmund Burke once said: “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” Each of us every day can take actions that start to close the inequality gaps and when we do, we become the change agents.
At EY, our purpose is to build a better working world. We try to do this through who we are, what we stand for and most importantly, through how we act. Our purpose encourages us all to be those change agents and to do our bit, however small, to make a difference.