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BE YOURSELF - GENDER BALANCE

As part of our Be Yourself strategy, we are looking at how we achieve a better gender balance at BDO.

Our results are consistent with our peers but we need, and want, to do better. We are signatories of the Women in Finance Charter, active members of the 30% Club and our women's network, BDO INSPIRE, works with our Leadership team and U Board to ensure no barriers prevent our talented people from succeeding.

Wendy Walton

 

"Gender diversity – in fact all diversity – creates a stronger, sustainable and valuable business, so we need to keep working to create an environment desirable to all our people.

Like any valued corporate citizen, that’s the challenge we’ve been looking at within our ‘Be Yourself’ strategy: how do we attract more females into the profession, and how do we keep them here at BDO?"

PROGRESS IN THE PAST YEAR

WOMEN IN FINANCE CHARTER

Created by the HM Treasury, this a pledge for gender balance across financial services and to build a more balanced and fair industry.

As a signatory firm our pledge involves:

  • A target of 20% female partners by July 2021
  • Rolling out Be Yourself training to all partners within the firm, this focuses on inclusivity, unconscious bias and managing the diverse talent within the firm. We aim to have a 80% attendance rate by December 2020.
  • Publishing progress annually against this target in our new Unifying Culture report on our website in October each year and internally on our ‘Gender Balance’ page of our intranet
  • Being active members of the 30% Club. This is a cross-company, cross-mentoring scheme which is aimed at developing a broader pipeline of female talent at all levels.
  • Ensuring the pay of the senior executive team is linked to delivery against these internal targets on gender diversity.
  • Paul Eagland, as Managing Partner, has an objective linked to gender diversity targets. The Remuneration Committee and Partnership Council as part of Paul’s annual review consider his performance against all objectives set. Paul’s objective is articulated as “to lead and fully support the BE INSPIRED plan to ensure we progress towards our Women in Finance Charter target”. This took effect from July 2019.

OUR BE YOURSELF STRATEGY INCORPORATES A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT SOCIAL AGENDAS INCLUDING:

Ethnicity

 

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Social mobility

 

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Diversity and inclusion networks

 

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READ MORE IN OUR UNIFYING CULTURE REPORT

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