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Ernst & Young: top ten firms for race and gender equality

By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

The Opportunity Now and Race for Opportunity Benchmarking survey looks into how organisations are performing on gender and race equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Ernst & Young has been recognised for its work in strengthening both race and gender equality as one of Race for Opportunity and Opportunity Now’s top 10 best performing private sector organisations.

Ernst & Young recently set out an aspirational goal that at least 30% of all their new UK partners are women and at least 10% are BME by 2015 – the first Big 4 professional services firm to publicly do so. These goals received praise as important “drivers for change”. This accolade adds to the firm’s recognition in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2012.

The professional services firm achieved this high ranking for race and gender in part through their targeted programmes for staff development including Career Watch, a programme where individuals are matched with an Ernst & Young partner who offers ongoing support while identifying barriers to progression, and their Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Leadership Programme designed to support and nurture ethnic minority talent within the firm which itself won the 2011 Race for Opportunity ‘Widening the Talent Pool for Progression’ award.

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