In 2016, Grant Thornton launched the EMBRACE programme. Our mission is to ensure Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) becomes embedded within Grant Thornton's culture and is evident in our every day interactions both internally and externally within the market. The programme has a number of specific areas of focus, the ‘pillars’ are:
- Family and working parents;
- Disability; and
The EMBRACE programme is led by Sasha Kerins, Head of Diversity and Inclusion. Sasha chairs the Diversity and Inclusion committee which oversees and supports the EMBRACE programme and the respective working groups established against each of the pillars.
Our first year was a huge success and saw us break significant ground on our Diversity and Inclusion journey. Highlights included undertaking a firm wide diversity survey, the running of a diversity week, advancement of HR policies, the delivery of unconscious bias training at partner level, membership of the 30% club and the advancement of gender equality with the running of a bespoke female leadership development series.
We set a platform in 2016 from which to progress each of our areas of focus and this strategic plan for the EMBRACE programme will advance the pillars further. The plan sets out an ambitious agenda for the coming period. This level of ambition is necessary so as to ensure the EMBRACE programme continues to play its part in ensuring Diversity and Inclusion become embedded in the firms culture.