As a major UK firm, we’re committed not just to our workforce, but to improving life for local communities, and mitigating our impact on the environment.

Citizenship


We all make a difference in our day jobs at BDO, by helping each other and our clients, but we also want to use our talent and energy to help our wider society. By making a positive impact in communities and causes that can benefit from our skills, time and passion, we are inspired, engaged and energised.

We have citizenship champions in every business area. Their role is to communicate our firm-wide programmes, stimulate local ideas and initiatives and determine what’s going to work best for their group. Our approach is deliberately open and gives our people the opportunity to shape activities to suit their interests and motivations.

Our generous 5+5 framework encourages our people to share their skills and take action in the community. Under this scheme, each employee is given five ‘action days’ to fundraise or volunteer for a cause of their choice, and five ‘strategic days’ to use their professional skillsets to make a bigger difference, perhaps as a trustee of a charity, or by going into schools to help with interview preparation or CV writing.

We enable Payroll Giving, which allows employees to give more to charity at no extra cost to themselves. We are pleased to have reached Bronze in the Payroll Giving Quality Mark.

We have a Trustee Network which has been set up to bring Trustees, School Governors and representatives on Parent Teacher Associations, and those interested in joining charitable Boards, together to share experiences, offer support and provide potential training.

BDO was a founding signatory of Access Accountancy in 2014, which is a collaboration of more than 25 professional services firms dedicated to improving access to the accountancy profession. We work together with member firms on a series of commitments, with the biggest focus on quality placements for school students that meet social mobility criteria. We are also working with the top accountancy firms on a community outreach programme that is targeting schools in social mobility cold spots across the UK.

We take our impact on the environment seriously and ensure our commitments to reducing our carbon footprint go beyond what is required for compliance. We have best-practice environmental systems and have been reaccredited with the ISO14001:2015 certificate.

Diversity and inclusion


Respecting and learning from one another are vital to our identity and culture. Welcoming people, valuing their strengths, and understanding their needs is who we are and what we believe, so, of course, at BDO we actively promote Diversity and Inclusion. A recent survey found that 83% of our people felt that they could be themselves at BDO without fear of judgement or discrimination, of course we’re constantly striving to improve that score.

Our commitments to Diversity and Inclusion are led from the top, through a steering committee made up of BDO’s leadership team, senior partners, and influential employees. Our people run a number of networking groups celebrating and promoting difference, including BLEND (our LGBTQ+ network), BDO Inspire (our women’s network), Enabled (our disability network), BAME Network, the Muslim Network, Christian Network and the Jewish Network.

BDO is a member of Stonewall, Race for Opportunity, Opportunity Now and a signatory of the Women in Finance Charter. We’re Level 1 accredited Disability Confident and we’ve signed up to Business in the Community’s Race at Work Charter. We’re approved by the Careers Recovery Service as an employer for injured service personnel.

Gender balance


We have a programme of local and national activity dedicated to removing the gender-based barriers that prevent talented people from succeeding. For example, in 2019 we improved our Gender Pay Gap, now at 16.7% mean and in line with industry averages. We also signed up to HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter with a target of achieving 20% female partners by July 2021.

Wellbeing


Our wellbeing strategy is based on the five ways of wellbeing: take notice, connect, keep learning, be active, and give. A firm-wide network of wellbeing champions supports the programme and local activities. Each year we run wellbeing campaigns and challenge events across the UK.

Mental health is a particular focus. We have had a long-term involvement in the Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index and this year achieved Gold, the highest category in the Index. A range of resources is available including 60 Mental Health First Aiders, an employee assistance programme helpline, intranet pages and a wellbeing app.

We regularly invite external and internal speakers to help smash the stigma of mental health and share their stories and practical tips.

We see our diversity as a positive asset

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