Making it real: LGBT inclusion at EY

Making it real: LGBT inclusion at EY

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As businesses compete for talent, expand into new markets and accelerate innovation, diversity and inclusiveness is a source of competitive advantage. When people can be valued for who they are, we are able to create high-performing teams that value different perspectives and deliver better approaches for our clients.

Research shows that when organizations take steps to create a supportive work environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, they achieve better business results in terms of retention, productivity, employee satisfaction and commitment.1

One way we support EY’s LGBT community globally is through Unity, our professional network for LGBT professionals and their straight allies. Unity has more than 1,600 members globally, hailing from all four of EY’s geographic Areas (Americas, Asia-Pacific, EMEIA [Europe, Middle East, India and Africa] and Japan).

EY has been recognized in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States for our leadership in creating a work environment that is supportive of LGBT professionals:

  • One of Stonewall’s “Star Performer” organizations after many years of consistently high performance in the annual Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (having ranked in the top 10 since 2010); Unity recognized as a star employee professional network (UK)
  • Rating of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for nine years in a row (US)
  • Ranked as a Top 20 company for LGBTI inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equality Index (Australia)

In addition, Beth Brooke-Marciniak, EY Global Vice Chair — Public Policy, Talent, and Liz Bingham, Managing Partner for Talent, United Kingdom and Ireland, have been named among the Top 50 inspiring LGBT business leaders in the OUTstanding in Business List.

1 M.V. Lee Badgett, et al., The Business Impact of LGBT-Supportive Workplace Policies, UCLA Williams Institute, May 2013.