Thrive in a diverse and inclusive environment

Shine | Together with Pride

We stand with the LGBTQ+ community in solidarity for their rights and celebrate their journey so far.
As we make strides in this journey, we draw strength from our ‘Shine LGBTQ+ Ally Group’, an energised group open to our people from the LGBTQ+ community as well as those who are allies and supporters. Here's what some of the members of our Shine LGBTQ+ Ally Group have to say...

The Shine platform lets all of us shine with our own uniqueness and quirks while bringing us together in a safe space conductive to free expression of thoughts and ideas in a seemingly fragmented world.

Debayan Chandra, Shine LGBTQ+ Ally Group member, PwC India
Debayan Chandra, Shine LGBTQ+ Ally Group member, PwC India

As a Shine member. I've been able to foster the spirit of expression, freedom and life. It is an excellent platform to bring cognizance and appreciate the diversity we have among us. The magnanimity of this initiative will be difficult to miss in the years to come.

Anurag Awasthi, Shine LGBTQ+ Ally Group member, PwC India
Anurag Awasthi, Shine LGBTQ+ Ally Group member, PwC India

8 March 2021 is an important day as it strengthens our resolve as an organisation and as individuals to work towards equality, to call out what’s unfair and challenge the status quo in a way that we can create a positive reality for all of us.

Fittingly, this year, the theme for International Women’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge.

We #ChooseToChallenge inequalities and gender biases in the workforce so that we can make a greater impact in empowering valuable contributions to economic and social growth.

International Women’s Day is an opportunity for us to commit to celebrating the women around us, to acknowledging the positive impact they make on our lives, to applauding their achievements, every day.

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Let’s together commit towards forging an inclusive environment.

When we do away with biases and stereotypes, we welcome a creative, empowered and equal world. This International Women’s Day and beyond, let’s #ChooseToChallenge inequity, at and outside the workplace. Here’s to celebrating the achievements and strides made by women from various fields.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021

The month of March was power-packed for our people with a host of activities and sessions for them to attend.

Leadership insights

A session featuring Carol Stubbings - Global Tax & Legal Leader on 12 March.

Women leaders that walk the talk

We had a power packed line-up of women leaders who have beaten the odds and broken the mould to carve out their space across diverse fields. They truly inspired our people - there was much to learn from their stories and gain from their insights.

  • 9 March: Dr. Deepa Malik  

She is India’s first ever female Paralympic medalist and a recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri, Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards. Hers is a story of disabilities not being a limitation if you set your heart and mind to achieving something. 

  • 10 March: Anu Aga 

The Chairperson of Thermax between 1996 and 2004, Anu’s inspiring story is one of grit in the face of challenges. She helped build Thermax as a flexible organisation, while nurturing unique skills of its people.

In her session, she spoke of tapping into her inner self, battling personal and emotional loss, and her journey of bringing her organisation to newer heights.

  • 18 March: Manya Singh

The runner-up of VLCC Femina Miss India 2020, Manya comes from a humble background. This 19-year-old's story is of perseverance and single-minded focus.

Having left her home at 14, she beat all odds and challenged those who doubted her. She believed in herself and fulfilled her dream. She confidently shared her story and inspired us all to create an environment where dreams can thrive and be turned into reality.

Women at PwC are empowered to connect with women Partners and leaders through ‘Unmute: Dial a friend’ programme so they can find true mentorship. We also organised quizzes for our people in honour of women who have achieved great heights in various fields to create more awareness and build more women role models.

Globally, we're committed towards creating an inclusive world. Know more here

Learnings from the sessions are coming your way soon - Stay tuned for updates on these sessions.

For me, working towards diversity and inclusion is non-negotiable, and we will continue to work towards challenging inequality and empowering opportunities, especially for women. At PwC India, we will stay committed to increasing the representation of women in our workforce. We will #ChooseToChallenge unconscious bias and be mindfully inclusive in everything that we do.

Sanjeev Krishan, Chairman, PwC India

Creating an empowering environment for all our people is directly connected to our Purpose - diversity of thoughts and actions isn’t just a good-to-have, but an imperative - for our clients, people and society. Whether through our leadership development, mentorship programmes or flexible working facilities, we #ChooseToChallenge inequity.

Padmaja Alaganandan, Chief People Officer

Get the opportunity to work with the best minds from all walks of life

We welcome people from all backgrounds such as arts, business, economics, engineering, finance, health, information technology, law and more. We don’t just accept diversity, we celebrate it.

The diversity story at PwC India focusses on valuing differences—differences of gender, communities, religions, regions, sexual orientation, ability, generations, backgrounds, among others. These differences enrich us as an employer where our people can add value, fulfil their aspirations, build a high performing culture and define our future irrespective of these differences. Valuing diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the PwC Purpose of building trust and solving important problems.

Our distinctive approach to diversity is based on a belief that each of us is personally accountable for creating and sustaining an inclusive environment. Diversity and inclusion enhance our perspectives and our ability to give our clients a distinctive experience. We also focus on various mentorship programmes—some of which are specially made for our women employees to become the leaders of the future.

I attended ‘We The Women’ event at Mumbai and PwC was the Knowledge Partner for the same. The event was a series of inspiring talks by successful women from diverse walks of life and varied experiences who had to beat the odds to carve their own path. It was a moment of epiphany when they revealed that in order to be successful and maintain a work life balance all we really need is to cultivate a close knit group of supportive, like minded women and men. I am grateful that I got to participate in such an event through PwC.

Eshita Singh, Advisory
Eshita Singh, Advisory, PwC India
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