The adoption of these two frameworks, in addition to Mazars’ existing membership of the Women in Finance Charter and work with Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme, supports the firm’s focus on setting objective, measurable targets and consistently reporting against them in order to build a truly diverse and inclusive organisation which fully values each individual.
The Charter for Black Talent in Finance is designed as a systematic framework for driving meaningful long-term change. Signatories commit to producing clear action plans with representation at the most senior levels of the business, supported by the regular reporting of measurable data which is independently monitored. To fulfil its commitments to the Charter, Mazars will within the next six months produce a five-year action plan and targets to improve equality of opportunity for Black professionals.
To support the Charter, Mazars has also joined the #1000BlackInterns programme, which commitsto offer paid work experience, training and development opportunities to Black candidates and help meet a goal of 10,000 placements over the next five years across the UK.
The Valuable 500 is a global initiative focused on putting disability on the business leadership agenda. As part of the firm’s commitment to The Valuable 500, the executive leadership team will work closely with Mazars’ existing disability network – the Speakeasy Network – to develop policies and practices in relation to inclusion, covering both visible and hidden disability. The firm will also take an active role in educating and raising awareness of these issues.
Lindsay Pentelow, Executive lead for inclusion at Mazars, said: “Inclusion and Diversity are fundamental to creating a business which is creative, innovative and collaborative since all these things rely on a diversity of thought and perspective. We are excited about how we can use both of these new relationships to further develop and deepen our culture of inclusion”.