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Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing

We will have an environment where our people feel they belong, because workplace cultures with inclusion and wellbeing are crucial for people to thrive and sustainably grow

At PwC, we respect and value differences because we know when people from different backgrounds and with different points of view work together, we create the most value – for our clients, our people and society.

That’s why one of our strategic goals is a diverse and inclusive culture. A diverse culture where our people reflect the diversity of our clients and the Australian community. And an inclusive culture which expects and rewards behaviours that support all our people to reach their full potential.

Our chief diversity & inclusion officer is Julie McKay, who commenced in June 2017 in a dual role taking responsibility for PwC’s diversity and inclusion advisory business, as well as the firm’s own diversity and inclusion strategies and targets.
 

Our strategy

We have a diversity and inclusion plan which builds on the great progress we’ve already made and details how we will embed the right behaviours and build a truly diverse and inclusive culture.

The aim of our diversity and inclusion plan is simple; to create a workplace where every day, all our people feel valued for what they bring, will thrive and will inspire others. Our plan is based on a comprehensive review of our firm’s culture, which considered both quantitative data and qualitative experiences of our people and includes a series of interventions grouped under three focus areas - behaviours; targets and transparency; and leadership accountability and role models.
 

Our actions

PwC has made a strong, public stance on diversity and inclusion and is a market leader when it comes to the targets and policies we have put in place.

In addition to setting targets, PwC has:

  • Launched one of Australia’s best parental leave policies with 18 weeks paid leave inclusive of adoption, surrogacy, foster care, kinship care and stillbirth, which can be taken flexibly in a way that best suits our people. We also provide superannuation contributions for up to 12 months for employees on parental leave, and 3 weeks of co-parent leave.
  • Adopted an ‘All Roles Flex’ policy which means we are open to discussing and implementing a flexible approach to all roles across the firm.
  • Launched a domestic and family violence policy, including unrestricted paid leave to find safety and reorganise personal affairs, financial assistance and support for people experiencing violence. We also provide 10 days paid leave for our people supporting a friend or family member who is experiencing domestic and family violence.
  • Focussed heavily on equity in remuneration, through conducting gender pay gap audits, adding inclusion consciences in performance moderations, and reviewing performance ratings, pay, incentives and promotion for equity
  • Conducted periodic surveys of our people to understand our progress towards a diverse and inclusive culture, and to track the diversity demographics of our people
  • Provided a robust D&I learning curriculum for our people focused on inclusive behaviours and team culture, including our market leading Leading Inclusive Teams program, Inclusive Leadership Workshops, D&I coaching and specific awareness sessions on LGBTI inclusion, diverse cultural backgrounds, disability confidence, mental health, domestic and family violence, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness.
  • Launched a Transitioning Support policy for any person who chooses to transition and affirm their gender while working at the firm. This includes 15 days paid leave, unrestricted unpaid leave, a clothing allowance and a support team to assist you with developing a plan.
  • Launched jointly, with PwC's Indigenous Consulting, our first Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan which outlines our commitment to reconciliation towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • Prepared and lodged an Access and Inclusion plan with the Australian Human Rights Commission, as our commitment to creating a workplace that enables our people with disability, and those who care for someone with disability, to succeed.
     
Our targets

PwC is working actively to address inequality in our workplace. While efforts have been made to ensure that women, people from a diverse cultural background and other groups have equal access to opportunities to reach their full potential at work, we know there is more to do - so we have a targeted interventions to address this.

At PwC, we have the following targets in place:

  • From 1 July 2015, a minimum of 40 per cent women and 40 per cent men will make up PwC’s future partner admissions. The remaining 20 per cent can be any gender identity
  • By 2020, at least 30 per cent of our partner admissions will have a diverse cultural background
  • From 1 July 2018, at least 50 per cent of experienced hire appointments at a director level will be women
  • By 2023, to employ an additional 100 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander employees.

These targets will help achieve PwC’s aspiration to have a minimum of 40% women and 30% of people having with a diverse cultural background in the overall partnership.
 

2020 WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

PwC AWEI Platinum Award

2020 Platinum Employer in the Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards

Skilled Workplace Gold Badge

2020-22 Gold level Mental Health First Aid Skilled Workplace

Member with the Australian Network on Disability

Member of the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity

Champions of Change Coalition

Champions of Change Coalition

"At PwC, we believe in creating an inclusive environment where you can feel comfortable and confident being yourself. The kind of environment where you can be open and honest about who you are, and also thrive and inspire others." 

Tom Seymour, CEO of PwC Australia

“Diversity and inclusion is fundamentally about our people’s wellbeing and sense of psychological safety and belonging. It’s about our people feeling their contributions are valued and being comfortable raising ideas and concerns, to bring out the best, most productive versions of themselves.”

Julie McKay, Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Officer of PwC Australia

Inclusion@PwC - our employee-led networks

Nurturing grassroots, employee-led networks is an important way in which we raise awareness and promote diversity and inclusion at PwC. Our employee networks are open for all of our people to join, attend events and engage with.

  • Ability@PwC - Ability is a place for people in the firm with a disability; together with carers of people with a disability and people interested in building a more inclusive workplace, to go for advice, information and support.
  • BeWell@PwC - BeWell drives open and honest conversations about health and wellbeing to support our people to be at their best.
  • Cultural Connections at PwC - Cultural Connections provides an avenue for advice and support, in addition to celebrating cultural differences and increasing levels of awareness across the firm.
  • Families@PwC - Families is a network for all employees who currently balance career and care and those looking to start a family in the future.
  • Reconciliation@PwC - Reconciliation Action Plan working groups seek opportunities to engage staff and deepen relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  • Shine Network - Shine strengthens our presence in the LGBTI community, increases awareness among our people, and offers information, support, and networking opportunities.
  • Symmetry@PwC - Symmetry aims to facilitate the development of both men and women through opportunities that connect, inspire and empower.

 


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We acknowledge and pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of Australia, whose ancestral lands and waters we work and live on throughout Australia. We honour the wisdom of, and pay respect to, Elders past, present and future.

Contact us

Julie McKay

Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Officer, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 (7) 3257 5436

Andrew Tran

Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Director, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 2 8266 7888

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