Inclusion and diversity
At BDO, we value the difference and unique perspective that every individual brings to BDO.
As a firm, we are committed to a diverse and inclusive culture, where everyone - regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, religious belief and other characteristics - can be themselves at work and fulfil their personal potential in an environment that brings out the best in them and their colleagues.
While this is primarily about our people, it is also important in helping us to deliver our vision of exceptional client service by ensuring that we provide the right environment for our people and the right people for our clients.
The three priorities in our national strategy are:
- Gender diversity, with a focus on women in Partnership and leadership
- Improved decision-making through increased awareness of the impact of unconscious bias
- Ensuring flexibility is embedded in all parts of our culture, and becomes integral to how we operate internally and how we serve our clients.
We recognise and celebrate a range of events throughout the year, such as International Women’s Day, Harmony Day, NAIDOC Week, Wear it Purple Day, and International Day of People with Disability.
BDO Australia is a member of Diversity Council Australia (DCA), an independent not-for-profit leader in diversity and inclusion research, education, and advocacy, and was proud to be named an Inclusive Employer for 2019-2020. BDO exceeded the DCA National Index Benchmark on at least five out of six of the following measures: Awareness; Engagement; Inclusive Organisational Climate; Inclusive Leadership; Inclusive Team; and/or Exclusion. Individual BDO team members can sign up to DCA for free to access all the benefits of our membership, including webinars, events, thought leadership, case studies, and research.
“Our team comes from a diverse range of backgrounds and when we work together, it really is electric – we debate and challenge and push each other and our diversity of thinking really makes sure we get to an answer that is far more impactful than anything we could have done on our own.” Maryanne Carter, Executive Director, People Advisory
Read more about Maryanne's story, and other stories celebrating women at BDO in our series from International Women's Day.