LEADING WITH PURPOSE: EY's diversity and inclusion efforts are built into their DNA of putting people first and going above for their clients.

Author:Almanza, Lorenzo
Position:BOARDS: EY

"We ARE in the people business and our firm is only as strong our people," said EY's Belinda Pestana, a tax partner within the firm's Financial Services Office (FSO).

Given expanding global markets, the increased reach of multinational companies, and the critical need to attract and retain a larger percentage of an already limited supply of talent--companies like EY, are embracing the significance of building diverse and inclusive workplace cultures.

"At EY, diversity & inclusion (D&I) has become an integral part of how we team, foster innovation and service our multinational clients," added Pestana.

EY firmly believes that their purpose of building a better working world starts with enabling their people to bring their authentic selves to work and by leveraging the skills and talents of people with different backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, thinking styles and more. They have since learned that fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace environment results in better outcomes for their people, clients and communities.

Through their annual internal EY Global People Survey, the organization found that 80 percent of their people in the US feel that the firm provides a work environment where they can feel free to be themselves and 82 percent feel that their managers encourage and respect varying viewpoints, perspectives and work styles.

"Our D&I efforts have become key ingredients for overall success not only in the Americas, but globally," explained Ted Acosta, EY Americas Vice Chair of Risk Management. "In order to remain a competitive professional services firm, we must help our clients solve their complex issues. To do so, we know how important it is to build teams that mirror those of our clients and external research has shown that diverse teams produce better results and have higher productivity levels."

By implementing deliberate D&I strategies and having strong leaders like Stephen R. Howe Jr., EY US Chairman Emeritus, Karyn Twaronite, EY Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer and Kelly Grier, EY's recently appointed US Chairman and Americas Managing Partner, the firm has been recognized by numerous organizations for their dedication to diversity and inclusion. For example, in 2017, EY was ranked #1 overall on the Diversitylnc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list and this past spring were inducted into Diversitylnc's Top 50 Hall of Fame.

"We equip our people with the skills to team and lead inclusive teams, so that everyone at our firm feels like they belong, are being heard, and appreciated," says...

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