While ICAEW has long been focused on improving the diversity of the profession, the past year, fuelled by movements like Black Lives Matter, has felt something of a sea change where we are now leading by action and helping bring the profession together to deliver real impact.
With our commitment to the Black Talent Charter, ICAEW and a number of its member firms are proud to support the #10,000BlackInterns programme, which will deliver vital experiences of work to university students across the UK and improve access to the profession for young Black talent.
ICAEW have some great activities planned for the new Black Members Community which will inspire, support and develop existing Black Members and students throughout their careers. Membership is open to all, including non-members, regardless of ethnic background. It provides a vital network of individuals, inspiring each other through common shared experiences.
I am really proud of what has been achieved in the past year, but we realise that this is just the start. Our profession will only become stronger and better able to serve communities and the economy, the more diverse it becomes. ICAEW has made this a key commitment for the next 10 years, acknowledgement that we are in this for the long haul. I hope over the next year, the collaborative action that has started will gain momentum and involve many more of our employers and members.