Diversity and inclusion
BearingPoint is committed to embedding diversity and inclusion in all we do. At BearingPoint, we want diversity to be part of the everyday.
To us, diversity is about having a workforce composed of the widest range of people and talent; a mix that reflects the make-up of the markets and communities we serve. Inclusion is about creating an environment where everyone, regardless of gender, age, family status, ethnicity or background, can be themselves at work and build a rewarding career.
We strongly believe that promoting diversity and inclusion is integral to the achievement of our ambitious goals for growth by 2020.
We are committed to generating awareness and understanding at all levels of the challenges associated with diversity. Diversity sponsors and leaders from our leadership and HR teams shape the agenda and, with the support of a network of diversity champions acting as a sounding board, set priorities for diversity and inclusion every year.
This year, again, we showed progress in reaching our diversity and inclusion objectives through the delivery of a range of measures.
Gender diversity remains a priority. We aim to improve the proportion of women across the firm, and we are addressing this in an open and transparent way.
We pay particular attention to the development of female consultants, and we have a Women’s Leadership Program dedicated to the advancement of female consultants. This year, we launched a women’s network called BE Empowered, sponsored by senior female leaders acting as role models. This network gives a platform to women to connect with other female colleagues, offer support to each other and determine an agenda on which to engage with our leaders. The network also provides networking and social opportunities to meet and discuss business themes as well as professional development.
BearingPoint is a welcoming and inclusive place to work for LGBTQ people.
Be Proud is BearingPoint’s LGBTQ affinity network. It is a community open to all staff, that ensures working as an LGBTQ person in BearingPoint is a comfortable experience, offering equal development and career opportunities and that BearingPoint provides a social atmosphere that embraces LGBTQ culture.
We have extended our diversity and inclusion agenda beyond the focus on gender:
Work-life balance – Flexibility is integral to the way we work with clients and each other. We recognise that all of us have commitments outside of work and we believe that respect for a healthy work life balance, is key to realising potential. We have adopted a series of standards on flexibility, including working part-time, working from home and “”buying”” additional holiday. These standards are the first step of a larger reflection on how to offer a more flexible workplace to our people.
Health and well-being – we offer regular yoga, meditation and Alexander Technique classes for all our employees.
Ethnicity – we embrace all cultures and celebrate different ethnic festivals in the office.
Parents and carers – we hold “Bring your kids to work” events where parents are encouraged to bring their children into work and spend time and network with other parents whilst their children get the opportunity to see their parents’ work environment and have enjoy an afternoon with a children’s entertainer.
PanagiotaThrough the years and as I looked to grow within the Management consulting profession, my aspiration grew for being more involved into business development and enhancing my knowledge of running the business. BearingPoint supported me through that shift of career focus by offering me extensive training and a tailored development platform that equipped me with the rights skills and capabilities to fulfil my new role. It was very motivating and encouraging to see that the company you work for is ready and willing to offer the support structure necessary for its employees to grow and to also invest time and resources, place a bet on you as a person and be determined to make a success of it. Being offered a place into the Accelerated Development Programme, work shadowing, coaching and mentoring and one-to-one training not only offered me the opportunity to realise my aspiration but to also inspire others who were looking for a career shift but didn’t quite know where to start...Read more
AlexI received great support from BearingPoint when I became a father this year. I was guided through relevant benefits and my initial concerns about ensuring a smooth transition for our client were allayed by a simple plan. If there’s one thing having children brings (other than tiredness and joy), it’s uncertainty – and that means flexibility is needed on both sides, something that BearingPoint supports....Read more
NordinI joined BearingPoint in 2017, a couple of months after embarking upon the journey of fatherhood for the first time. I have found BearingPoint to be very supportive to parents within the organisation. Not just in terms of the commitment to the mothers and fathers who work in its various offices, but also by understanding the need for flexible work. Parenting is a sensitive issue at the best of times and the increasing demands of parenthood can be challenging. BearingPoint’s flexible working arrangements enable me to pursue an enriching career in consulting, whilst still enjoying a fulfilling home life. In my experience, clients and BearingPoint respect and recognise my need to put family first, but the one golden rule for making it work is to be open about it and manage expectations. As long as you meet client demands, they generally don't mind where or when you do it!...Read more