Inclusion, diversity and wellbeing lies at the heart of Mazars, shaping the modern firm we strive to be.
We are dedicated to ensuring Mazars is an organisation where people have a sense of belonging and pride, can make meaningful contributions, and be who they are. In doing so we are building a culture that delivers better value for our clients and people alike.
Margaret Laidlaw is our executive sponsor for inclusion, diversity and wellbeing at the firm and oversees the steps we take to ensure it’s embedded into everything we do:
At Mazars UK we have a range of people and faith networks which play a key role in raising awareness and sharing lived experiences across the firm. These include:
Programmes and commitments
As part of our commitment to inclusion, diversity and wellbeing at Mazars, we have introduced the following:
Mazars reverse mentoring programme: providing insights into lived experiences
This programme aims to provide insights into the lived experiences of our minority groups at Mazars to encourage a learning culture and to build an inclusive environment.
'Empower’ - our speed mentoring programme
Empower - speed mentoring is a series of focused group sessions giving mentees access to our senior leaders. The sessions are designed to inspire mentees to think about their own career journey as they listen to our leaders share their career stories.
Parental transition coaching
Our parental coaching programmes support those taking family leave to successfully manage their journey to parenthood in the context of their professional lives. We also offer coaching for the line manager of the individuals taking leave to support the transition.
An inclusive leadership programme
To support our inclusion and diversity agenda, we run an inclusive leadership programme at Mazars which aims to support individuals in developing the qualities needed to be an inclusive leader.
The Mazars returner programme
This initiative offers supported return to the workplace after a career break of more than 12 months, including one-to-one coaching support.
Commitments and targets
We are committed to a variety of Charters in order to drive inclusion and diversity in the workplace including; Stonewall, Women in Finance, Social mobility pledge, Social mobility foundation, Access Accountancy, 10,000 Black interns, The Valuable 500. Find out more here.
Valuable 500 commitment - “We will actively engage with our Speakeasy network (disability network) through our Inclusion Alliance ensuring it plays a key role in the development of the firm’s policies and practices in relation to inclusion and visible and hidden disabilities. We will provide a platform for the network to share more lived experiences to help educate and raise awareness of disability across the firm”.
Women in Finance targets - As part of our commitment to ensuring gender balance across Mazars, we have been a signatory to the HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter since 2018. The Charter is a commitment by HM Treasury and signatory firms work together to build a more balanced and fairer financial services industry. Our target for 2023 are 27% Partner, 45% Director and 50% Senior Manager. As of 2021 our latest reporting we have 22% female Partners, 36% female Directors and 44% female Senior Managers.
We want to create a workplace where all team members can reach their full potential. As a firm we take a holistic approach to wellbeing and appreciate that factors outside the workplace may impact how we feel at work. Our approach centres around the whole person and considers our physical, mental, social and financial wellbeing, as all of these shape how we feel.
Mental health first aiders (MHFAs)
We have over 30 mental health first aiders who’ve been trained by Mental Health First Aid England. They offer support for team members and run monthly wellbeing drop-in sessions.
Anish, Data and Automation - "Mental Health is paramount to our business as people are at the core of what we do, so it’s important for us to be kind to one another and support each other through difficult times. For someone going through difficult times it's important to seek available help, so being a MHFA provides the opportunity to be of such assistance."
Wellbeing monthly drop-in sessions
Hosted by MHFAs, open to all. These are a safe space for team members to discuss mental health concerns and to share stories and tips. The sessions often feature expert special guests and interviews with senior leaders on how they look after their mental health and wellbeing.
We offer all team members in the UK free access to the Headspace app. In line with our wellbeing strategy, we want to support our people by giving them the tools to encourage positive mental health and wellbeing.
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