Deloitte is celebrating diversity month by offering a programme of activities and guest speakers to its staff.
During the month, all nine of the firm’s diversity networks, including its women’s, Globe (gay, lesbian and bisexual), multicultural, workability and faith networks, will showcase the role they play within the firm.
Over 4,000 Deloitte employees are members of a diversity network, which provide opportunities to hear inspirational talks, receive mentorship and support from colleagues, and network with other members of the firm.
The celebrations have been held throughout October, with some slipping into November, and included:
- The Globe network celebrated with Parliout, the Houses of Parliament’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) diversity network, to recognise the successes Deloitte has had supporting the Albert Kennedy Trust, which offers shelter to vulnerable young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people.
- The Workability network heard inspirational stories from a number of different speakers including Paralympic shooter Andy Gardiner, who spoke about his ambition of competing at London 2012.
- Diwali was celebrated by the Hindu network with an evening of celebrations hosted by England Cricketer Ravi Bopara.
Stevan Rolls, head of HR at Deloitte, said: “The Deloitte networks are an important part of the firm’s diversity strategy, and a key feature of our identity as an inclusive firm.
“Our approach to diversity is founded on a strong corporate culture and shared values which emphasise fairness and the promotion of talent on merit regardless of background.
“Diversity month is one of the key points in the year when Deloitte formally takes the opportunity to celebrate the differences that make us unique as individuals, and provides an opportunity to debate the important issue of respect at work with our people and clients.”
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