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How to build a truly D&I friendly workforce

Diversity is much talked about, but only recently has that included socio-economic profiles and pay gaps. Rachel Willcox asks how business can contribute to greater social equality – and how it can benefit them too


When, in 2014, KPMG’s then chairman and senior partner Simon Collins first coined the seminal phrase “male, pale and stale” to describe the lack of diversity across the accountancy profession, it is fair to say that the focus of the firm hinged largely on the absence of gender and ethnic diversity at the most senior echelons. Seven years on and the Big Four firm is blazing a trail, turning its attention to social mobility after admitting that the proportion of working-class staff across its workforce is cause for concern.