Deloitte head of diversity steps down over bullying charges

Deloitte’s deputy CEO and head of people has stepped down from the executive board over accusations of bullying at the Big Four firm

Clarification on behalf of Dimple Agarwal [21.10.2021]

A representative of Ms. Agarwal has asked us to clarify that after a thorough investigation there were no findings of bullying, and Ms. Agarwal did not as a result resign or retire at that time from the firm. We are happy to make the position clear.


Dimple Agarwal had been on the executive board of the firm for the last two years and was managing partner for people and purpose.

There have been allegations of bullying with reports stating that Agarwal had been criticised over holding meetings very early and ‘communicating aggressively’ with staff on phone calls.

Richard Houston, UK CEO for Deloitte, said: ‘After two years on the Executive and making a significant contribution to the firm’s people & purpose agenda, Dimple will be stepping down from her leadership roles. We’re grateful for what she’s achieved during her tenure.’

In a statement, Deloitte said it had a ‘zero tolerance approach to bullying and harassment of any kind across the firm. We have worked hard to build a culture that encourages our people to speak up and raise concerns - and have the routes to do so - without fear of career penalty or other reprisal’.

Agarwal joined Deloitte in 2004 and was appointed to the executive board two years ago. 

This is the latest incident flagging a bullying culture at some Big Four firms and follows the resignation of the chairman of KPMG last month following his aggressive stance on staff reaction to the difficulties experienced during the current lockdown.

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