Spotlights on our ICAEW members and students
To shine a light on Black role models in the accountancy profession, we’ve spoken to several of our Black members and an ACA student about their experiences, the importance of allyship and driving diversity, as well as their advice to those thinking of joining the profession.
The journey of a senior Black accountant
Ololade Adesanya talks about succeeding in a traditionally un-diverse profession and how we can help drive forward change.
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Becoming conscious of unconscious bias
Tackling unconscious bias is key to creating an inclusive workplace. Learn how to identify common biases and ensure their impacts are minimised.
Deborah Harris appointed new LSCA President
Deborah Harris is the first Black woman to be elected President of the London Society of Chartered Accountants in its 150-year history. She tells us about her priorities for the coming year.
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Improving ethnic diversity of UK boards
Discover updates from the Parker Review and learn about key initiatives you can implement to improve minority ethnic representation.
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We spoke to our interns to find out how they got on, the importance of the initiative and how it will support their career progression.
Celebrating Black culture
As we celebrate Black History Month, ICAEW members, students and staff share how organisations can create inclusive working and social environments.
‘If they can, I can too’
ICAEW is proud to have partnered on 'The Broadcasts', which aim is to help young Black graduate talent succeed. Listen to, ‘If they can, I can too’, where three inspiring Black Chartered Accountants share their stories and tips.
Time for change
The Black History Month theme for 2022 is Time for Change: Actions not Words
This year’s theme encourages a collaborative effort to support and celebrate the Black community. By taking small actions every day and holding ourselves accountable, we can make big changes to the Black experience.
Being an ally is a big part of this – in the workplace, places of education or in social settings. Challenging racism and discrimination when we see it and educating others on the importance of representation are just some of the ways we can play our part.
The key message this year is that we need meaningful actions, not just words.
Some highlights from our activities include our on-demand webinar on improving ethnic diversity of UK boards, and our live session on unconscious bias with development consultant and executive coach Marge Lowhar.
To raise awareness of the 10,000 Black Interns Initiative, our student section features interviews with three interns who joined the ICAEW to support their career development.
We’ve also spoken to several of our Black members and students about their experiences in the accountancy profession, the importance of allyship and driving diversity.
“We continue to work towards supporting our Black student community and improving Black representation among access to the profession, as well as in our membership, committees, and ICAEW employees.” - Sharron Gunn, ICAEW COO.
The Pan-African UNIA flag
October is Black History Month, and ICAEW is recognising the importance of honouring African and Caribbean history by flying the Pan-African flag over its One Moorgate Place building to add a visual reminder of the month.
The Pan-African flag – also known as the UNIA flag – was produced on August 13th 1920, by members of UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association). It is based on the belief that unity is vital to economic, social, and political progress and aims to “unify and uplift” people of African descent.
It later became an African nationalist symbol for the worldwide liberation of people of African origin.
The three colours on the flag represent:
Red: The blood that unites all people of Black African ancestry, and shed for liberation
Black: Black people whose existence as a nation, though not a nation-state, is affirmed by the existence of the flag
Green: The abundant natural wealth of Africa
At ICAEW, we have long recognised that our global community is a powerful force for good. We all have a role to play in strengthening and future-proofing the profession by attracting the very best talent, building diversity, and promoting inclusion.
Join the Black Members Community
ICAEW has created the Black Members Community to promote & support Black talent in the accountancy profession.
Join the Diversity & Inclusion Community
The community provides resources and information to support both individual members and firms wanting to promote D&I.