Multicultural Business Network (MBN)
PwC understands the importance of an inclusive workforce. With the UK firm employing people from 120 different nationalities, it makes good business sense to embrace the culture of diverse talent to enlighten, engage and shape organisational thinking.
The Multicultural Business Network (MBN) celebrates, supports and promotes PwC’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community. Its aims are founded on the ‘5Cs’:
- Cultural awareness
- Commercial awareness
- Connecting networks
- Career development
- Community engagement.
In July 2015, the network was relaunched to support all employees to develop greater cultural awareness and encourage those from culturally diverse backgrounds to feel truly engaged.
The MBN relaunched with a networking and brainstorming event to gather ideas from members on what they would like to see from the network. This helped shape objectives and develop an events and initiatives roadmap.
The network has hosted and sponsored internal and external events and activities including Challenging Perceptions, hosted in collaboration with PwC’s GLEE network and focussed on addressing unconscious bias and stereotypes within the workplace. The event was attended by 90 people from within and outside PwC from various sectors and industries.
The network has also hosted Making Moves, an exhibition collaboration exploring migration which featured photography from the Migration Museum Project, and has collaborated with internal and external organisations.
In 2013, the MBN’s chair set up the PwC Diversity Career Mentoring programme, which provides university students from diverse backgrounds with mentors. Mentors offer insight on life at PwC and share tips on CV writing, job applications, recruitment channels and employability skills.
The MBN is supported by an Executive board member and partner sponsor. Diversity and Inclusion team managers support the MBN through their own networks and keep the MBN informed of external networking opportunities, including an internal campaign to profile diverse role models. Leadership team members also regularly meet with multicultural business networks in other financial sector organisations.
Activities are monitored at a firm and network level, including attendance and feedback at events and engagement on social media platforms, including Twitter, monthly newsletters and the Spark intranet page. Feedback is used to refine objectives, initiatives and events.
The network now has over 500 members and has garnered attention from within and outside PwC, including requests from other teams on integrating Challenging Perceptions as part of training. The network is also now collaborating with the Migration Museum Project to potentially support schools and is also developing an initiative to support its career development objective.
70 members have volunteered to be mentors in the Diversity Mentoring Scheme and 144 mentees have completed the programme, with six mentees joining PwC across a range of client-facing areas. Others have gone on to professional careers elsewhere. The scheme has won two internal awards and has received investment to be rolled out regionally. Externally, the scheme has been highly commended by the Excellence in Diversity Awards.