Reducing social inequality is at the heart of driving inclusive growth. This captures the essence of our commitment to human and labor rights and to building a culture of respect and inclusion — not only inside our own organization, but also throughout our supply chain and across the communities where we live and work.
At EY, we believe only high-performing teams, which utilize the power of different opinions, perspectives and cultural backgrounds, will succeed in the global marketplace. That’s why we strive to create an environment where all our people feel, and are, valued; where they can bring their differences to work each day; and where they contribute their personal best to businesses, government and communities around the world.
Creating an exceptional experience for our people
Our promise to our people is this: whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime. It’s about everyone at EY having the opportunity to do something that matters; to own their career, shape their future and become the leader they want to be; and to gain the experience that lets them create their own legacy and be part of building a better working world.
Strengthening our diverse and inclusive culture
Our global Diversity and Inclusiveness (D&I) Road map is fundamental to how we deliver exceptional client service, creating an environment where all our people feel they belong, where all differences are valued, and where the richness of our talent is reflected in promotions and leadership appointments. The FY17 class of newly promoted EY member firm partners is among the most diverse ever, with 36% from emerging markets and nearly 30% women.
Investing in our people
Our people are the lifeblood of our organization. They have the power to build, grow, innovate, create and add value to our clients, people and communities. Recognizing our responsibility to equip them with the right tools and skills — and anticipate the skills they will need in the future — we invested US$500m in more than 12m hours of training in FY17, including immersive online learning experiences that will help build our next wave of digital leaders.
In FY17 we grew to nearly 250,000 people across 151 countries. Nearly two million people applied for roles with EY member firms. We hired just over 3% of our applicants — that’s 65,000 people, which equates to one person every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Nearly 25% of all experienced hires came to EY via referrals, and more than 10% of our hires were alumni, or boomerangs, who are people returning to EY.
Achieving worldwide recognition for D&I
While strengthening D&I across our entire organization is an ongoing journey, our progress has seen EY member firms earn multiple accolades for diversity, women’s leadership, LGBT inclusion and family friendliness. These include being ranked #1 among DiversityInc magazine’s 2017 Top 50 Companies for Diversity in the US, being named among the Top 10 Best Companies for Women in India, and continuing recognition as a Stonewall Star Performer in the UK.
Increasing flexible working
We remain committed to all our people having the flexibility to build a successful career at EY while maintaining a positive work-life balance. With 6% of our global workforce already contract workers, and in anticipation that this number will grow significantly, we’re also embracing the gig economy with the creation of GigNow. This online portal matches contract talent with relevant opportunities at EY, enabling contract workers to find assignments that offer the professional growth and flexibility they desire.