PROUD TO SUP­PORT LGBT EQUAL­ITY

EY HAS LONG BEEN A STRONG AND VO­CAL SUP­PORTER OF LES­BIAN, GAY, BI­SEX­UAL AND TRANS­GEN­DER (LGBT) WORK­PLACE EQUAL­ITY

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Our UK and Ire­land LGBT em­ployee net­work was set up in 1995 and was one of the first of its kind in the pri­vate sec­tor. Since then, Unity EY’s global “net­work-of-net­works” for LGBT peo­ple and their al­lies – has be­come es­tab­lished across the world, with 4,500 mem­bers in 77 coun­tries in­clud­ing the USA, Ire­land, Ja­pan, Hong Kong, Aus­tralia, Tai­wan, Canada, Sin­ga­pore, Ger­many and, most re­cently, Mex­ico, to name a few.

It is also im­por­tant to us that the net­work is open and in­clu­sive to ev­ery­one, whether LGBT or an ally, which is why Unity is EY’s “LGBTA”

net­work. And for us “Ally” doesn’t just mean straight peo­ple, to us it means any­one on the broad spec­trums of sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion and gen­der iden­tity who are sup­port­ive but doesn’t iden­tify as be­ing “LGBT”. Our net­work was es­tab­lished to bring to­gether in­di­vid­u­als re­gard­less of sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, gen­der iden­tity, sta­tus or the ex­tent to which they are “out” – uni­fied in pur­pose.

EY is com­mit­ted to do­ing its part to build a bet­ter work­ing world. Unity con­trib­utes to this by fo­cussing on the de­vel­op­ment of our peo­ple, strength­en­ing the im­pact of the net­work in our of­fices through­out the UK and Ire­land, and part­ner­ing with a va­ri­ety of LGBT or­gan­i­sa­tions in this en­deav­our.

We’re very proud that EY con­tin­ues to be recog­nised as a Stonewall Star Per­former or­gan­i­sa­tion in the UK and we’re also proud to con­tinue to be named one of the top “Places to Work for LGBT Equal­ity” in Ire­land by GLEN. This is su­perb recog­ni­tion of our work on LGBT work­place equal­ity, but we can’t rest on our lau­rels. We main­tain com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing to drive the ad­vance­ment of LGBT work­place equal­ity both in the UK and Ire­land and beyond. We are in great com­pany, and are heart­ened by the sheer num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions that are cham­pi­oning these is­sues not just be­cause it is the right thing to do, but be­cause build­ing a work­place where ev­ery­one, whether LGBT or not, can feel free to be them­selves is just sim­ply good busi­ness sense.

As part of this com­mit­ment, we are proud to work with our other em­ployee net­works in pro­mot­ing equal­ity and in­clu­sive­ness. An ex­am­ple of this is our cross-net­work cel­e­bra­tion of International Women’s Day, hap­pen­ing as this goes to press, cel­e­brat­ing the ef­forts of both women and their male al­lies who are “bold for change”.

We are also de­lighted to have sup­ported Na­tional Stu­dent Pride again this year, hav­ing been head­line spon­sor since 2011. It is a great way of con­nect­ing young peo­ple from across the LGBT com­mu­nity and in­tro­duc­ing them to for­ward think­ing em­ploy­ers who value di­ver­sity and dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives in the work­place. At EY we pas­sion­ately be­lieve that re­cruit­ing, de­vel­op­ing and nur­tur­ing a di­verse range of tal­ent helps cre­ates the high­est per­form­ing teams and en­ables us to reach bet­ter de­ci­sions and pro­vide bet­ter ad­vice to our clients. It’s a busi­ness im­per­a­tive and each of our Unity mem­bers helps to bring this cul­ture to life.

“Build­ing a work­place where ev­ery­one, whether LGBT or not, can feel free to be them­selves is just sim­ply good busi­ness sense”

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