Inclusion & diversity

“Mazars strives to be a positively different accountancy and advisory firm. Our vision is to be recognised in the marketplace as a truly international firm, focused on our people and our clients, and as a firm that stands out for our contribution to society. We can only achieve this if we create a supportive work environment with diverse leadership teams which reflect our clients and society. We ensure that our team members feel supported to achieve their best for both our clients and the community and feel valued for the work they do. We have a culture where people feel they belong.”

Ian Wrightson, UK Executive, Head of People & Culture

How we drive inclusion and diversity in the workplace

Women returners

Women returners is a consultancy, coaching and network organisation that focuses exclusively on enabling talented professionals return to work after an extended career break. Mazars’ returners programme is designed to provide opportunities to help this valuable talent pool reignite careers in a supportive environment which offers mentoring and coaching. We are delighted to partner with women returners to help drive sustainable, flexible careers fit for modern workplaces.

Social mobility foundation

We work with the Social Mobility Foundation and have been ranked #14 in the Top 50 Employers in the 2019 Social Mobility Index. The Top 50 Social Mobility Index recognises the organisations that are taking the most action to ensure they are open to accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds.

Stonewall

We partner with Stonewall, the gay, lesbian and bisexual rights charity to encourage a more inclusive workplace so our people feel they can be themselves.

Beyond grades

We hire talented people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, recognising that potential doesn’t stem from people’s background. To ensure diversity in early careers recruitment we use the Rare contextual recruitment system, using big data to help us identify candidates with the greatest potential. Allowing us to make more informed choices about candidates by considering the context in which their academic achievements have been gained.

Social mobility pledge

We have signed up to the social mobility pledge demonstrating our commitment to improving social mobility and ensuring that our profession is inclusive of all.

Women in finance

Mazars has signed up to Her Majesty’s Treasury Women in Finance initiative. Through this, organisations pledge to increase the representation of women in senior roles.

Access accountancy

We are proud to be a signatory of Access Accountancy – an ambitious collaboration of employers and professional bodies, dedicated to improving access to the accountancy profession. Access Accountancy’s mission is to increase awareness and aspirations among young people to join the accountancy profession.

Patrons of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce

We have been recognised for the steps we have taken so far to create an inclusive culture at Mazars as we won the ‘Outstanding Diversity and Inclusion Award 2018’.  However, we recognise that there is still so much more to do so we have signed the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity in Leadership Pledge.

Charter for Black Talent in Finance and the Professions

Mazars has signed up to The Charter for Black Talent in Finance and the Professions. Signing up to this means we are committing to increasing our black representation at the most senior levels within our firm. We will do this by producing clear action plans which are measurable and reported on by the charter.

The Valuable 500

Mazars has signed up to the global initiative focused on putting disability on leadership agendas. As a firm we have made a commitment to play our part in creating a firm that is inclusive of all. Our commitment is “We will actively engage with our Speakeasy network (disability network) through our Inclusion Alliance ensuring that the network plays a key role in the development of the firms policies and practices in relation to inclusion and both visible and hidden disability. We will provide a platform for the network to share more lived experiences to help educate and raise awareness of disability across the firm.

10000 Black Interns

Mazars has signed up to join the #10000 Black Interns programme. As part of this we will be offering paid work experience, training and development opportunities to black candidates to support in meeting a goal of 10,000 placements over the next five years across the UK.

Inclusion and diversity groups

We have a number of diversity groups. Their aim is to provide a sense of community, inspire, support diverse talent and raise awareness of inclusions and diversity within Mazars. They also have a focus on identifying new business opportunities for the firm. The network groups include:

  • ‘WeCan’ (women’s network)
  • Embrace (BAME network)
  • Faith networks
  • LGBT Champion group
  • Speakeasy (disability network)

The inclusion and diversity champion groups are open to all. To drive progress, Mazars works with a number of other organisations to help influence change, inform business strategy; and attract, recruit and promote people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Wellbeing

At Mazars we recognise there are many factors, both inside and outside the workplace that can impact on our sense of wellbeing. We work with leading organisations to help our people achieve whole-person health through initiatives and services which consider physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, social wellbeing and financial wellbeing.

We want to create a workplace where all team members feel motivated to give their best and are in good health, both mentally and physically, enabling them to achieve their full potential.

Mental Health First Aiders

In support of our commitment to mental wellbeing, we have trained Mental Health First Aiders across the firm who have been trained by Mental Health First Aid England. They have completed a rigorous two day training course which has given them the skills to support individuals across the firm on a confidential basis. The role of the network is also to raise awareness and champion mental health across the firm.