Parker Review - PwC backs calls for ethnicity targets but wider action also needed

Published at 08:19 AM on 02 November 2016

In response to recommendations made by Sir John Parker in his review of ethnicity diversity in Britain’s leading companies, Laura Hinton, executive board member and head of people at PwC, said:

“The progress on improving ethnic diversity in the boardroom has been too slow and it’s right that targets are being introduced to drive change.

“Businesses need to take action if we want to create workplaces where everyone can reach their full potential. Gender targets have been successful in making gender diversity a boardroom issue and now we need to broaden the conversation and momentum to ethnicity.

“At PwC we have set ourselves gender and ethnicity targets and openly track our progress. But we recognise that targets alone won’t automatically lead to a workplace that is inclusive, with diverse talent pipelines and leadership teams. 

“Our experience of tackling gender inequality has taught us a great deal about the systemic barriers to change and many of these also impact ethnic minorities, such as a dearth of role models, poor access to career sponsors and fewer career development opportunities. But a crucial difference is that we’re now much more comfortable having a conversation about gender compared to race. At PwC we want to have an open conversation about race at work because until we can do that it will be hard to target action where it is most needed to make a difference.”

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For more information contact Amy Tiernan, 020 78040556 or [email protected]


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