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 giving back to communities and causes that can benefit from our skills, time and passion, we are inspired, engaged and energised.

We have corporate social responsibility (CSR) 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 CSR activities to suit their interests and motivations.

Our community volunteering policy 5+5 encourages our people to give back more to society. 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 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 encourages employees to make tax-free donations to charities directly from their salary, through which our employees give more than £100,000 per year. In addition, the BDO Charitable Trust makes discretionary grants and matched donations. In the financial year to July 2019, the total matched giving contribution from BDO was nearly £42,000.

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


We actively promote a fully inclusive culture. Recruiting, respecting and valuing people of all backgrounds – and encouraging open discussion on every kind of issue. A 2019 survey told us BDO people feel they can be themselves 74% of the time.

Our commitments to diversity and inclusion are led from the top, through a steering committee made up of members of BDO’s leadership team and other highly influential partners and employees. Our people also run a number of networking groups which encourage and celebrate diversity including BLEND (our LGBTQ+ network), BDO Inspire (our women’s network), the Islamic Network and the Jewish Network.

Above all, we see our diversity as a positive asset. It not only gives us a strong sense of community, it makes us even more effective in serving our range of different clients. We want the make-up of our workforce to reflect wider society and the commercial markets in which we deliver services – something we believe will have financial, commercial and cultural benefits.

BDO is a member of the equality organisations Stonewall, Race for Opportunity and Opportunity Now. We’re also approved by the Careers Recovery Service for the placement of injured service personnel.

We’ve also gained Disability Confident Level 1 accreditation and signed Business in The Community’s Race at Work Charter.

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 vision is to create a positive working environment and way of working where our people can thrive, are happy and bring their best self to work each day.

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 have achieved a Silver status. A range of resources is available including an employee assistance programme helpline, wellbeing portal, intranet pages and a wellbeing app.

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

We see our diversity as a positive asset

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