LGBTQ+ at PwC Australia
- PwC actively supports LGBTI inclusiveness, they were one of the first professional services firms to support marriage equality, and actively advocated for and supported their people throughout the campaign.
- PwC has written thought leadership on LGBTI inclusion, most recently on the low visibility of same-sex attracted women.
- PwC supports its people by offering a transitioning and support policy to any person who chooses to transition and affirm their gender while working at the firm, including three weeks paid leave, unrestricted unpaid leave, a clothing allowance and a support team to assist with developing a plan.
- All of PwC’s policies are LGBTI inclusive. For example, their parental leave policy is inclusive of same-sex partners and families and includes adoption, surrogacy and foster parents.
- Training sessions are run for PwC people on LGBTI inclusive language and behaviours.
- Senior LGBTI people can participate in PwC’s Authentic Leader’s Program – an intense six-month coaching and transformation program on traits unique to the LGBTI community, in order to accelerate your career goals and develop your leadership potential.
- Anyone can join PwC’s award-winning LGBTI employee network, GLEE@PwC network (Gays, Lesbians and Everyone Else), a community of like-minded individuals who are committed to championing diversity and creating a culture that ensures everyone can bring their whole selves to work.
Our Shine network, for our LGBTIQ+ community and allies, helps to increase awareness of the LGBTIQ+ community among our people and offers information, support and networking opportunities. In addition to the support it offers, Shine delivers Shining Light on LGBTIQ+ Inclusivity training - a 1.5 hour facilitated awareness session on LGBTIQ+ inclusive language and behaviours, to help identify the challenges LGBTIQ+ people face and apply effective communication skills to foster inclusion.
“As a bisexual woman, I feel like I experience a double glass-ceiling when it comes to my identity. I knew that when I joined PwC that I wanted to find my safe space in Shine. One of the most rewarding aspects of being part of Shine is running our LGBTIQ+ inclusion training. It allows me to share my experiences and connect with colleagues on something that is very close to my heart. The conversations we have in those sessions not only raise awareness to impact today’s everyday behaviours, but help us to build a better tomorrow for the future generations to come through our workforce.”
Firmwide policies that support our LGBTIQ+ community:
The firm has a Transitioning / Gender Affirmation Support policy for any person who chooses to transition and affirm their gender while working at the firm. This includes 15 days paid leave, unrestricted unpaid leave, a clothing allowance and a support team to assist you with developing a plan.
Events we participate in:
- Mardi Gras (Sydney)
- Pride Month
- Wear It Purple Day
- International Trans Day of Visibility
- International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
- Yes Day
- Transgender Awareness Week