Deloitte and EY have both been recognised for their contributions to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) diversity and inclusion in a pair of national listings published by the OUTstanding professional network
The lists identify the UK's business leaders who have made a significant impact in effecting positive change for LGBT people in the workplace, with nominees judged on a range of criteria including leadership, acting as a role model, challenging stereotypes, and overall contribution to diversity.
The Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders list has Beth Brooke-Marciniak, EY global vice chair ‐ public policy, as its highest-ranked woman for the second consecutive year, placed at number three. Liz Bingham, EY UK & Ireland managing partner for talent, also features in the list for the second year running, at number 26.
Brooke-Marciniak said: ‘The expansion of these lists points to the progress we’ve made in inspiring executives to authentically and courageously come out and champion LGBT inclusion. But until all professionals feel confident leveraging their visible and invisible differences to add value in business, there is more work to be done.
'I commend OUTstanding for creating and growing these lists to give those of us honoured a global platform and responsibility to influence this work in new ways.’
Matt Batham, a member of Deloitte’s tax leadership, is placed at number 68 on the Top 100 business leaders list. A long time role model and mentor at the firm, Batham has recently become involved in a number of initiatives for LGBT parents.
In this year’s inaugural Top 20 straight allies list, EY’s UK & Ireland chairman and managing partner, Steve Varley, ranks number 13. Sharon Thorne, Deloitte managing partner for regional markets, who set up the firm’s diversity networks in 2007 and now acts as its executive sponsor, is ranked 14th.
Thorne said: ‘Promoting inclusion is the responsibility of everyone in the workplace, not just those who themselves identify as part of a particular minority group. Becoming an ally of a diversity network is a great way to demonstrate leadership on this, and it is an experience I’d recommend to anyone.’
Varley said: ‘A strong commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is not only important for our own people, but also is good business in an increasingly competitive and interconnected world. I passionately believe that diverse and inclusive teams make better decisions, which is why we are continuing to invest in our employee networks and talent programs. We want to create an environment where we recognise and celebrate different perspectives and where everyone can succeed regardless of their sexual orientation, race, gender or social background.’