Diversity and inclusion are more than our ambition; they’re our advantage. Passionate, open-minded people of all backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, and ethnicities enable us to analyze problems from a broader perspective and challenge established ways of thinking.
At BCG, diversity is one of our core founding values. A richness of viewpoints, along with diversity of expertise, experience, and backgrounds, are fundamental to our success. This diversity enables us to meet the complex and wide range of business challenges that our clients encounter, resulting in an environment in which creative tensions foster new ideas.
We seek and hire the top talent from around the globe, encourage mobility across our offices and among our functional groups, and provide opportunities for our people to come together to exchange perspectives. The result is an environment that values and celebrates diversity.
We are deeply committed to making BCG a company in which all individuals are welcomed and given the opportunity to flourish, regardless of background, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Women@BCG is far more than a networking organization. It has the strategic objective of increasing the number, success, and job satisfaction of women at BCG. There has been tremendous progress and growth in increasing the representation of women within our firm overall and in key leadership positions in particular.
Some of the key components are:
There are numerous models for success. Many women at BCG take the initiative and stake out new terrain—through building their own practices, exploring new regions, or developing new initiatives and innovations that challenge established thinking. Within one BCG, there are many paths, and you can choose the one you wish to follow.
BCG goes beyond surface-level approaches to work-life balance for consultants; we pursue a better way to work . Our approach helps ensure sustainable intensity through options within our Flexibility@BCG program. We turned our gaze inward to establish a better workplace environment, getting to the root causes through our Apprenticeship in Action (AiA) initiative. AiA identified a set of key themes to improve retention, satisfaction, and promotion of its employees to senior management. The changes driven by AiA are a powerful tool to influence our culture, behavior, and mind-sets.
We are, by our very nature, a collection of diverse individuals. Through our Segment of One program, mentorship, and leadership commitment, we support each and every BCGer's goals and ambitions. In addition, for those who wish to start a family during their tenure, or already are parents, BCG's support for working mothers is generous by design, with a strong set of policies as well as informal norms to help women succeed during and after their pregnancies or adoptions.
I am continually impressed by BCG's commitment to Women@BCG, which aims to empower women across the company to fulfill their potential. From the day I joined the firm I have been welcomed and supported beyond my expectations. This collaborative spirit translates into a seamless access to a global network of experts.
I am energized by the female role models at BCG: they make me aware of what I can achieve in my consulting career.
At BCG, I have taken two career breaks and transferred offices. As a new mother, I have appreciated the opportunity to take time off as well as to work part-time while continuing to develop my career.
Many of my friends have had to trade off personal development for flexibility, or meaning for security. I’m very lucky that my career can meet all these criteria.
With a perfect score of 100, BCG has been named one of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” for nine straight years.
We focus on supporting LGBT individuals during the recruiting process, throughout their careers at BCG, and through alumni networking after they have left the firm. We actively recruit top LGBT talent and provide a supportive environment for every employee at our company to become a leader for positive change.
BCG’s LGBT Network (LGBTN) offers extensive career development support and networking opportunities—including an annual conference—to connect with and learn from fellow LGBT professionals. At the local level, there are a variety of activities, from affiliation activities such as happy hours to career coaching, education, and community service.
Whether you choose to be public or private about your sexuality, BCG provides the support you need to grow as a person and as a professional.
LGBT Network was quick to include me in the community. Through this group, I have made connections in Boston and beyond.
I have found BCG always thinks about what's right for the individual. I benefit from apprenticeship on my projects, mentorship in my local office, and the additional advantage of the support the LGBT Network.”
The HRC score and LGBT Network were definitely some of the things that drew me to BCG when I was considering a position here. I felt instantly welcomed by the LGBT BST Network. Some of my most helpful mentors and closest friends have come out of the Network. It's been great to see how open BCG is to suggestions from the group and how supportive they are of the Network growing.
The LGBTN is the reason I am at BCG – it was that first connection with the Network that moved me to apply. Eight years later, I have no regrets and continue to find the Network to be an important part of my BCG experience. My involvement has led to a set of rich personal and professional relationships that go far beyond the sphere of my role and extend to our LGBTN alumni. I really appreciate the many investments BCG makes in the LGBTN and inclusion more broadly.
The LGBT Network is an incredible network of mentors, thought-partners and friends whom have helped me navigate and shape my career during almost a decade with BCG. As I look forward to building a family, I am thrilled to know that BCG's tireless efforts to be a the forefront of LGBT rights and career flexibility for parents, whether gay or straight, will be provide me the support I need to combine raising a family with a deeply challenging and meaningful career.