We’re creating an inclusive environment
We’re committed to driving Inclusion & Diversity (I&D). It’s only through embedding I&D into everything we do that we can create a culture where our people feel inspired and empowered to collaborate in achieving our purpose, Bringing Ingenuity to Life. Every day, we endeavour to be active allies and create a more inclusive culture that offers equal opportunities and supports diversity in all its forms. We continue to hold ourselves to the highest possible standards.
Our people also use their skills and expertise to make a difference outside our firm. Together, we share best practice and partner with organisations that drive diversity in our communities so we can create a more inclusive society for all.
As we continue to listen, learn and look for ways to create an even more inclusive and diverse place to work, we’ll unlock the ingenuity of even more people to help build a positive human future. Inclusion and diversity create a virtuous cycle, and we’re passionate about driving it.
Below are just some of the ways we’re creating a positive human future for our people, clients and communities.
We stand with our Black colleagues, their families, friends and communities. Black lives matter.
In 2020, we committed to a series of actions that will support our people and communities, help fight racism and drive lasting change.
We committed to:
We’re making progress against our commitments. While we’ve taken steps in the right direction as we support our people and communities and help fight racism, we acknowledge there’s still much more for us to do to drive progress and racial equality.
Below are some examples of the actions we’ve taken as part of our commitment to putting Black lives at the heart of inclusion and diversity.
To attract Black talent, and ensure we have Black representation at all levels of our firm, we’ve:
We all have a responsibility to listen and learn from those who have experienced racism. It enables us to become better allies and counter discrimination. So, we’ve:
Racism and discrimination effect our societies around the world, so it’s vital we work with others to make a significant, far-reaching impact. To empower young people from diverse backgrounds to achieve their ambitions, we’ve partnered with:
We’ve made good progress on our commitments, but there’s still more to do. We’ll continue to put Black lives at the heart of inclusion.
Our employee networks support an inclusive and diverse environment for our colleagues and communities. They celebrate, educate and raise awareness of key issues while acting as a forum for discussion and debate to drive and support our global inclusion and diversity strategy. Our networks also provide support, advice and networking opportunities for their members and the wider PA community.
Our RISE Network promotes Racial Inclusion and Social Equity at PA. It aims to empower talent, build an inclusive environment and promote the value of a more diverse workforce by creating a space for all colleagues to be heard and a workplace where everyone feels comfortable being their true self. The Network also promotes awareness of diverse cultures and experiences through events, networking sessions and mentoring programmes.
February was Black History Month is the US. To mark the occasion, our US RISE Network held a series of events and activities to build our knowledge and understanding about Black history, celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and recognise their struggle for freedom and equality.
The team hosted a panel discussion with four Black leaders reshaping their fields, facilitated an informal firm-wide conversation about the origins and influence of soul food in modern American cuisine, encouraged colleagues to view the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art's "I Am…Contemporary Women Artists of Africa" exhibition, and held a Bingo Trivia Event to reinforce key learnings through friendly competition.
Our Women’s Network focuses on issues and initiatives relating to gender equality, both within PA and the communities we serve. This includes driving action on everything from closing the gender pay gap to profiling role models and allies across PA. The Network hosts regular global events, mentoring sessions, conversation groups and networking opportunities, and promotes active allyship throughout our firm.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, our people participated in events and activities to promote the advancement of women through professional development and personal growth.
Our Women's Network organised a panel discussion with external experts at the forefront of inclusion and diversity research, theory and practice. Everyone across PA was able to join the conversation and get valuable insights into how they, as individuals and as part of a wider organisation, can help advance gender equality.
And Jonquil Hackenberg, PA’s Head of Sustainability, spoke to the Thousand Voices podcast about how organisations can address the gender balance of executive leadership.
Our Pride Network promotes an inclusive environment in the workplace and provides information and support on LGBTQ+ issues for all. The Network works collaboratively across our firm to create an inclusive and diverse working environment and promote an ethos of respect and equality for everyone, regardless of their identity, so all colleagues can reach their full potential. Pride hosts regular events, discussion groups and mentoring and networking opportunities.
Every June, we mark Pride Month across our global offices. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the advances in gay rights since the Stonewall Riots of June 1969, and to raise awareness of the work that still needs to happen to create a truly inclusive society.
In 2020 and 2021, as our people were unable to come together as they usually would for Pride Month, members of our LGBTQ+ community shared stories of their experiences with everyone at PA. The videos raised awareness of the struggles people still face today and shared simple ways we can all be more inclusive.
Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Network runs events to raise awareness of key issues and facilitate conversations that shape our firm-wide initiatives. The Network aims to create a workplace where everyone knows mental health issues don’t come with a stigma and everyone has the resources available to look after their mental health and wellbeing.
Every year, we use Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) to reiterate the importance of looking after our mental health. COVID-19 has meant we've all been facing particularly challenging times, so it's been more important than ever for us to support our people through MHAW 2021.
To provide that support, we invited mental health experts to share their advice with PA people through virtual calls, we held remote yoga sessions to help people relax and practice mindfulness, and, to reflect the theme of #ConnectWithNature, people across our firm shared their photos of nature and why it’s important to their mental health.
Our Military Network (MilNet) supports service leavers, veterans and serving reservists along with the families and partners of former or serving personnel, through our formal support network, coaching, mentoring and events. In recognition of MilNet’s work, the Ministry of Defence has awarded PA a Gold Award as part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.
Leaving the armed forces can open up many opportunities but also be a process that requires degrees of skilful adaptation to new professional, and personal, circumstances. That’s why we’ve partnered with a number of service charities and organisations to offer insight days to service leavers who are interested in a career in consulting. This includes hints and tips for CV writing, guidance on creating a personal brand and an interactive learning experience using our Delivering Great Consultancy training scenario.
We’re also working with service charities to offer formal coaching in a range of topics to support service leavers, including interview preparation, self-awareness and leadership in the civilian workplace. This provides support as service leavers transition from the military to civilian life.