Catalyst Award 2018
BCG earned the Catalyst Award for our Women@BCG program.
To reflect fully the world in which we work and to achieve sustainable impact, we:
Despite the progress we’re making, there is more work to be done. We remain committed to working with our clients and community partners to advance equality.
Commitments to Racial Equality
BCG has developed Total Societal Impact (TSI) as a measure of an organization’s economic, social, and environmental effects on the world. TSI stands alongside total shareholder return (TSR) as a driver of corporate strategy. We work with the world’s largest organizations and governments to ensure that racial equity is fully considered, measured, and advanced by this lens. Achieving sustainable impact requires a holistic approach that addresses business drivers, social and systemic change, and team and cultural factors.
BCG supports the Business Roundtable’s Education & Workforce and Finance subcommittees—and our CEO, Rich Lesser, serves on both groups. We are a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Racial Justice in Business initiative—a coalition of 44 organizations committed to improving racial and ethnic justice in the workplace and advocating for inclusive policy change. As leaders across industries grapple with how to advance racial equity, we’re proud to have partnered with Management Leadership for Tomorrow and BCGDV to develop the MLT Black Equity at Work Certification Program—a systematic, measurable, broad-based effort for companies that want to achieve Black equity. Certification under the program requires Black representation at every level, compensation equity, an inclusive antiracist work environment, racially just business practices, and racial justice contributions and investments. BCG is currently working to earn certification under the program for our own organization.
Each of our offices around the world takes steps to address racial equality inside our firm and beyond. In the US, we have developed a Racial Equity Task Force to ensure we fulfill our commitments, including:
Catalyzing Change by Investing $100 Million in Talent Resources over Five Years. BCG is establishing multiyear partnerships with leading organizations to address racial injustice and inequality in the US.
Accelerating Representation of Black BCGers. Through inclusion efforts and other initiatives, BCG is driving parity in retention, increasing representation in leadership, educating leaders and staff, and enhancing employee sponsorship and development. We remain committed to making BCG a place where all talent thrives.
Strengthening Our Supplier Diversity Efforts. We are making innovative changes to our minority- and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) supplier policy and measuring the diversity of our vendors.
Fostering Accountability by Accelerating the Clarity, Ambition, and Measurement of Our Goals. BCG is detailing what we aspire to, what we are working on, and what progress we are making on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Donating $1 Million over Five Years to Organizations Leading the Change. We have begun with contributions to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund , the Southern Poverty Law Center , the Loveland Foundation in support of mental health for Black women and girls, and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute to protect and defend the human rights of the Black trans community.
Commitments to Gender Equality
Recruiting, retaining, and advancing women at BCG is a top priority. The goal of our Women@BCG program is to create an inclusive culture, educate leaders and staff, and offer customized development and sponsorship plans that connect women with the firm’s most senior leaders. We track and measure representation, holding ourselves accountable to retention and advancement goals across all levels of the organization.
Through our diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting practice, we bring data to develop each organization’s unique strategy, collaborate to implement proven DEI measures, and track DEI outcomes and progress.
Commitments to Equality by Sexual Orientation
BCG strives to create an environment in which all LGBTQ employees have the opportunity to be fulfilled at work, with clients, and in their personal lives. Through Pride@BCG, we support LGBTQ colleagues so that they can grow personally and professionally—while fully respecting each person’s choices about their own journey and, where appropriate, need for confidentiality.
Our Pride@BCG network focuses on:
Pride@BCG alumni are a further valuable resource, providing professional guidance to current members and maintaining an ongoing relationship with the group. Alumni are invited to attend different events within their region and receive regular updates.
We sponsor and serve as thought partners with:
The program advances three goals:
BCG continues to design accessible offices, maintain and upgrade current offices, promote education and awareness among office staff, and accommodate employee needs.
We are a member of The Valuable 500 and are committed to putting disability inclusion at the top of our people agenda.
Commitments to Military Veterans
BCG deeply values the talent, training, and proven leadership skills of military veterans. Our Veterans@BCG network promotes affiliation among military recruiting candidates, BCG employees, and alumni representing every branch of US service, US intelligence services, and the military forces of many other nations around the world.
The network’s mission is to raise awareness of consulting as a career path for veterans, support veterans through their transition into a civilian career, and help veterans leverage their unique skills to succeed at BCG.
Beyond BCG, Veterans@BCG has partnered with Commit Foundation. In addition, several members of the network participate in pro bono and “low bono” work that directly affects members of these communities.
BCG earned the Catalyst Award for our Women@BCG program.
For six consecutive years, we have ranked number one in Consulting Magazine’s “Best Firms to Work For” list.
For 13 years in a row, BCG has earned a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign’s “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”
BCG has been ranked among Working Mother magazine’s “100 Best Companies” for US parents 14 times.
Savoy magazine has recognized Adrian Mitchell as one of the "Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America” for 2020. Mitchell, a managing director and partner in the Chicago office, is a core member of BCG’s Digital BCG and the Consumer practice.
The Software Report has named Karalee Close one of its “Top 25 Women Leaders in Tech Services and Consulting” for 2019. She is the global leader of BCG’s Technology Advantage practice, a core member of DigitalBCG’s global senior management team, and an active sponsor of the firm’s Women@BCG and Women in Technology initiatives.
BCG managing director and partner Elliot Vaughn founded the organization GiveOut so that British donors would have a way to support LGBT+ advocacy groups around the world. In recognition of his achievements, he received a Points of Light award from then UK prime minister Theresa May, who described how his work had enabled “crucial donations to activists who are promoting equality across the globe."