Strengthening diversity and inclusiveness
Reinforced by a new inclusion and anti-discrimination global policy, the EY global organization continues to strengthen its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness (D&I), creating an environment where all differences are valued and the richness of EY talent is reflected in promotions and leadership appointments. For example, 32% of new partners in FY18 were from emerging markets and nearly 30% were women. Gender diversity on the Global Executive, the highest governing body in EY, also increased to more than 26%.
Being recognized as a great place to work
EY continues to be the world’s most attractive professional services employer for business students in Universum’s annual “World’s Most Attractive Employer” ranking. We are fourth overall behind Apple, Google and Goldman Sachs. In the US, EY was recognized in Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” annual list for a record 20 consecutive years. EY was also inducted into DiversityInc's first-ever “Top 50 Hall of Fame” recognizing our corporate values, culture and longstanding commitment to D&I.
Investing in EY people
Recognizing our responsibility to equip EY people with the right tools and skills, and anticipating the skills they will need in the future to achieve their career aspirations, we invested US$500m in 13m hours of training in FY18 — up 1m hours from the previous year. We also introduced EY Badges — a program that allows our people to earn digital credentials and capabilities in future-focused skills such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, innovation, and analytics.
Supporting flexible working
Recognizing people’s desires for greater flexibility, we launched GigNow in FY17 — a new global talent marketplace matching contract workers with relevant opportunities at EY member firms. In FY18, GigNow has expanded from the US, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand to Canada, China, India, the Netherlands and Singapore. At the end of FY18, 16,000 contractors had registered for short-term “gigs” and filled more than 1,300 positions for EY projects around the world.
Listening to and recognizing EY people
We invest considerable time and effort in listening to EY people, for example through our Global People Survey. LEAD, our integrated approach to career, development and performance, provides EY people with ongoing feedback and enables them to have regular, future-focused conversations about their career aspirations. We also seek to build a culture of recognition, where EY people actively recognize others who do extraordinary work every day. Our global award program, Better begins with you, continues to recognize and celebrate EY people who have found inspiring and impactful ways to bring EY’s purpose — building a better working world — to life.
In the EY supply chain
EY’s commitment to promoting the principles of inclusiveness, sustainability and responsibility — including in relation to human and labor rights — extends beyond our own organization. It also includes our continued efforts to promote high ethical standards within the EY supply chain, and to maintain and grow a diverse supplier base that reflects the markets, clients and communities we serve.