Making a difference to the lives of LGBTI people
It’s easy to say our personal lives shouldn’t affect our work. But in reality, it does. No matter your sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, or intersex status, who you are and how you’re able to interact with others has a direct relationship on your performance.
At PwC, we believe that having a culture where our people feel valued for what they bring, will thrive and inspire others - irrespective of their sexuality, gender identity or intersex status.
An inclusive work environment where you can be open and honest about who you are enables all of us to perform at our best. Here, we are committed to creating the kind of environment where everyone can feel comfortable and confident being themselves. We are proud to be making a difference to the lives of LGBTI staff and members of our wider Australian community.
As a firm, we don't just believe in LGBTI inclusion, we actively support LGBTI inclusiveness in everything we do. We were one of the first professional services firms to support marriage equality, and actively advocated for and supported our people throughout the campaign. In the 2018 Australian Workplace Equality Index awards for LGBTI Inclusion, we won CEO of the Year, the Executive Leadership Award and were recognised as a Bronze Employer. We are proud members of Pride in Diversity and the global group OUT Leadership. And we have written thought leadership on LGBTI inclusion, most recently on same-sex attracted women.
PwC also supports its people by offering a transitioning and support policy to any person who chooses to transition and affirm their gender while working at the firm, including paid leave and allowances. Our policies for parental leave and personal/carers is also inclusive of same sex partners and families, and includes adoption, surrogacy and foster parents.
Training sessions are also run for PwC people on LGBTI inclusive language and behaviours. And senior LGBTI people can participate in our authentic leader’s coaching program.
Joining a number of other employee-led initiatives, the award winning [email protected] network (Gays, Lesbians and Everyone Else) is a community of like-minded individuals who are committed to championing diversity and creating a culture that ensures everyone can bring their whole selves to work. Anyone can join and become involved in the various initiatives and events organised and shared.