It’s more important than ever for firms to address diversity and inclusion (D&I). As this content series explores, beyond the clear moral imperative of D&I, there are growing legal and commercial imperatives as well. Every chartered accountant has a role to play in helping to encourage an inclusive profession.
At ICAEW, we have long recognised that our global community is a powerful force for good. We all have a role to play in strengthening and future-proofing the profession by attracting the very best talent, building diversity, and promoting inclusion.
An inclusive culture requires allies: those in a privileged situation – due to factors such as their gender, sexuality, ethnicity, socio-economic background or mental health – should actively and consistently advance the interests of minority groups around them.
It’s impossible to create an inclusive culture in any organisation without everyone feeling that they belong; that they’re accepted in the group and able to be their authentic selves.
Allyship must start with the senior leadership team
Creating a culture of allyship is vital to building an inclusive organisation; senior leaders have an important role to play.
How to be an ally: managing neurodiverse teams
Neurodiverse team members can bring unique skills to an organisation. Simple daily actions will support these employees and allow managers to demonstrate allyship, as shown by a winning partnership in easyJet’s finance team.
Why inclusive leadership is so vital to D&I
Research shows that leaders have an exponential influence on an organisation’s ability to build inclusive cultures and work practices.
Words matter: How inclusive language creates a sense of belonging in the workplace
Everyone should understand the importance of inclusive language, be comfortable making genuine mistakes and feel able to speak out when something unacceptable is said.
Young accountant leads the way on disability inclusion
The past 18 months have shone a light on the role that diversity, inclusion and belonging plays in organisations’ success. One ICAEW student is playing an important role.
Diversity and inclusion training: getting it right
Organisations should prepare to employ a wide range of methods and approaches, and to work year-in, year-out on such a large and complex issue.
The power of consistent, high-quality diversity and inclusion training
ICAEW and Steps’ diversity and inclusion workshop used drama to create a safe space for people to discuss their experiences.
A strategic focus: how ICAEW is championing D&I in accountancy
Ensuring the chartered accountancy profession is diverse and inclusive is a key part of ICAEW’s 10-year strategy.
Checklist: Choosing a training provider for diversity and inclusion
Training forms a central part of a company’s diversity and inclusion strategy but, without careful planning, any positive outcomes may be limited. What should organisations consider when selecting a provider?