Grant Thornton UK LLP
Increasing social mobility is a practical way for a business to make a difference, to do well by doing good, while increasing workforce diversity.
At Grant Thornton, social mobility is a core element within our broader inclusivity agenda, and we are delighted that our long-standing commitment to this issue has been recognised with a Queen’s Award.
Our purpose is to shape a vibrant economy where business and people can flourish and key to this is creating a firm where opportunity is open to all. We started our social mobility journey over five years ago, with a vision for the firm to be more representative of all levels of society.
The battle for talent is fierce and looking at the senior leaders in our business we realised many of them would not have made it past our old academic entry requirements and that our lack of flexibility was likely to be limiting our access to great talent. Therefore, in 2013, we dramatically rethought our approach to hiring at trainee level.
We were the first professional services firm to remove academic entry requirements as a barrier and around 20% of the students who joined us at trainee level in 2017 would have previously been unable to apply before these changes. We introduced online platforms that provide support around applying for jobs and interview. We also provide coaches at every step of the process to support students, and provide feedback after every interview regardless of outcome.
Yet we know there is more to do. We are now looking at pay and progression to ensure that we are not only levelling access to those from more diverse backgrounds at entry level, but that they are being treated equally throughout their career at Grant Thornton.
We want to see widespread progress and it is not enough to simply make changes yourself; collaboration and the sharing of ways in which others can play their part is vital. It’s heartening that so many of our people, as well as clients and stakeholders, are keen to engage with this issue and we are committed to helping others understand what they can do to make a difference.
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