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Diversity Community

ICAEW is committed to supporting the diversity agenda, ensuring that the chartered accountancy profession is a truly inclusive one. Here ICAEW outlines its work in promoting diversity, alongside resources and information, to support both individual members and firms wanting to promote diversity within their organisation.

In this section

Support for individuals

Living well in later life - mental health matters

The Royal College of Psychiatrists estimates that 85% of older people with depression receive no help at all from the NHS. Here CABA provides information on how to spot symptoms, and provides links and phone numbers to support services.

Member profile: Richard Cartwright

Having left university, Richard Cartwright was a 14 days into a graduate post with KPMG when a horrific accident left him permanently paralysed. Here he describes how he refused to let the accident hold back his career, and why he will always see where the challenge takes him.

Getting women on boards

Getting more women into the top level of companies’ governance is a sensitive subject. In this economia article from March 2015, Helen Roxburgh looks at whether it should be done, and discovers which countries are doing it best.

Profile: Harris Bokhari OBE

Harris Bokhari OBE knows the value of mentoring, having seen how his father inspired people from minority communities. As a national advisory board member of Mosaic, a Princes Trust mentoring programme for children from deprived communities, he is continuing a family tradition

Working after state pension age

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of people working (or seeking work) over the age of 65 has topped the 1 million mark. Here CABA lists the key things that anyone approaching State Pension age, but not ready to give up work needs to know.

LGBT networks in accountancy

As the 2016 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) History Month started, economia looked at what accountancy firms in the UK are doing to support their LGBT community.

Support for firms

Nick Parker interview

ICAEW president Nick Parker on making the profession more diverse and the encouraging progress made so far. Read this interview from the October 2017 edition of economia.

Age discrimination

Equality legislation protects individuals from being discriminated on the basis of their age. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources providing information, legislation and guidance.

Disability discrimination

Discrimination legislation protects the rights of disabled people in employment, education, and access to goods and services. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources offering guidance in this area of law.

Equality and diversity

Equality legislation protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of their age, religion, disability, gender, race or sexual orientation. On this page you find articles, books and online resources providing background information and guidance.

Key resources

Career Breakers Community

ICAEW’s Career Breakers Community is a forum for members planning to return to work after a career break. It offers a space to connect, collaborate, offer feedback and opinions, share information and ideas and give and get support.

Emotional support from CABA

If you are feeling in need of emotional support, CABA (Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association) is here to listen and to help. CABA's services are free, confidential and available 24 hour and are available for past and present ICAEW members, as well as family members.

KPMG diversity and inclusivity

Information on KPMG's approach to diversity, including its targets and how it aims to meet them, as well as a list of networks open to its staff to join.


OUTstanding is a membership organisation for global businesses. It works with LGBT+ and ally leaders to drive cultural change, creating an environment where everyone can succeed. Working with 26% of the FTSE 100, it is a network that aims to drive positive change.

Research by Stonewall

Access the latest research from Stonewall's into LGBT people's experiences of discrimination and public attitudes towards LGBT equality.

The Library & Information Service provides a hand-picked collection of industry press articles as a benefit of ICAEW membership. If you are unable to access an article, please see our Online resources troubleshooting or contact library@icaew.com

The power of knowing

Rebecca Pitman explains the importance of understanding unconscious bias and becoming aware of its sources.

Social media as a means to diversity

Social media has made it easier than ever for people of diverse backgrounds to connect and appreciate new viewpoints.

A culture of inclusion

The article discusses the role of corporate board fostering company-wide diversity and culture of inclusion. Topics discussed include increasing diversity within the membership of the boards; plans of board to bring younger directors for gender and ethnic diversity; and boards role to foster a diverse and inclusive culture throughout all levels of an organisation.

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Recommended events for Diversity Community members.

Mental Health – Stories, Stigma, Support

Understand the different types of mental illness, how to combat stigma and what resources and support are available. Please sign up from the link above, it will give a great insight from people at different stages within their career and life

Choose how you learn with CABA

Fit an e-learning course around your schedule or work directly with our CABA’s expert trainers. ACA students, past and present ICAEW members and their close family can choose from 32 free personal and professional development courses and learn in a way that suits them.