Changing a societal mindset is a mammoth task and requires positive action from all quarters in order to break down unnecessary barriers. At Crowe, our ED&I champions and allies actively promote inclusion across the firm and provide a sense of community. Becoming a champion or an ally across our ED&I communities – Women’s Empowerment Programme , LGBTQ+, REACH and CAN– is open to all of our people.
We currently have more than 200 people nationally who as a community promote ED&I and provide a way for Crowe’s people to network, support each other, get advice, be a listening ear or simply to learn more.
Our Women’s Empowerment Programme (WEP) is designed to develop our people by creating a culture where everyone, regardless of gender or background, has the opportunity to succeed.
In March 2019 we signed up to the Women in Finance Charter as a commitment to improve gender diversity among or people.
“I want to encourage our people, whatever their gender, to be the best they can be. I would like us to identify our future leaders and make sure they have a strong support network to achieve their own success.”
Rebecca Durrant – WEP Lead
Learn more about our WEP
View our Gender Pay Report
Take a look at our Women in Business Podcasts
Crowe is a place where everyone can bring their whole selves to work.
This means that people can come to work without fear of discrimination, know that they will be treated with dignity, and don’t need to worry that they will be judged or harassed because of their personal orientation.
"The LGBTQ+ &
Allies network supports colleagues who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
and queer (or questioning) as well as others who may identify as something
else. It’s about inclusivity, diversity and respect whatever your
identity or background”.
Mark Stemp – LGBTQ+ lead
Explore more about our LGBTQ+ & Allies network
At Crowe, we have a real sense of just how influential our example can be in ridding the workplace (and society as a whole) of institutional discrimination that leads to a lack of equality and inclusion. The purpose of our REACH (Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage) and Allies network is to promote this cause across our business and set an admirable example to the rest of society.
In March 2021, Crowe signed up to the #10000 Interns Foundation initiative as a commitment to increasing inclusivity and helping the prospects of young Black people in the UK.
“We are dedicated to providing an inclusive environment in which our colleagues from a BAME background can flourish and that their achievements and contributions are celebrated, recognised and valued with equality firmly in mind.”
Azeem Zafar – REACH Lead
Celebrating Black History Month
Our Crowe Ability Network (CAN) ensures that those living with neurodiverse conditions, disabilities, impairments and long-term health conditions are supported, recognised and valued with equality firmly in mind.
The mission of CAN is to create an environment at Crowe where people have an awareness of neurodiversity and wider disabilities – we have open discussions and we provide opportunities enabling people of all abilities to reach their full potential.
“One in seven people in the global adult population has a neurodiverse condition, for example, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD or ASD. Neurodiversity refers to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information. People who think differently often have pronounced strengths that can bring real value to the workplace.
In addition, around 14.6 million people in UK has a disability – whether that be a visible or invisible disability, this represents 22% of the population.
There is often a misconception that all disabilities are visible. While the most common type of disability is due to mobility there are numerous other impairments that disabled people might live with. Crowe is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer.
CAN provides support and raises awareness in the firm around disability inclusion and neurodiversity and we are committed to ensuring there is fairness and respect for those living with either a disability or a neurodiverse condition."
Simon Crookston – CAN lead.