BCG’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Success for every organization—including our own—hinges on the ability to elevate diversity of thought, to challenge established mindsets, and to unlock solutions that enable organizations to thrive.

To reflect fully the world in which we work and to achieve sustainable impact, we:

  • Recruit passionate, open-minded people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicities, physical abilities, and experience.
  • Offer employees global affinity networks for gender and LGBTQ identity as well as regional networks addressing race, ethnicity, disability, military veterans, and other dimensions. We focus on intersectionality across these networks and provide affiliation, networking, education, sponsorship, mentorship, and access to senior leaders.
  • Identify local opportunities in each market to foster inclusion, create greater awareness and education, and drive cultural changes. In North America, this work is driven by Inclusion Accelerators.
  • Invest in proprietary research that helps to inform our people strategy and our understanding of key issues.
  • Offer diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consulting and provide customized tools to guide decision making, as we work alongside our clients on their DEI strategies.
  • Partner with leading organizations across the globe to learn from those that are best in class and contribute to the evolving dialogue regarding DEI.
  • Joined the Gender and Diversity KPI Alliance to support the use of the key performance indicators to measure gender and diversity in the workforce.

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:


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:

  • Expanding access to outstanding LGBTQ talent pools. We sponsor recruiting events such as Reaching Out MBA (US), Eurout (Europe), LGBT Leaders (UK), LGBT Talents (France), and Pride2Be (Brazil).
  • Offering career development support, mentorship, and networking opportunities to connect with and learn from other LGBTQ colleagues.
  • Creating a culture that is safe and comfortable for all LGBTQ BCGers so that they feel able to be their authentic selves at work.
  • Articulating BCG’s values externally at tables that matter.
  • Conducting and publishing original research and thought leadership.

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:


Commitments to Disability Inclusion

Our AccessAbility@BCG network—which is active in the US, Australia, and New Zealand—connects BCGers across key areas, including physical disability, neurodiversity, chronic illness, and mental health.

The program advances three goals:

  1. Fostering community—including a mentorship program—among people at BCG who have disabilities or chronic illnesses or are caregivers.
  2. Promoting resources and advocacy for people with disabilities (PWDs).
  3. Promoting education and awareness throughout the broader BCG community and destigmatizing disability in the workplace.

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.

Commitment to Military Veterans

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.

Recognition and Awards


CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion—Joe Davis

Joe Davis, chairman of North America, is among 150 executives committed to fostering diversity and inclusion through CEO Action to Diversity and Inclusion.


Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America, 2020—Adrian Mitchell

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.


Top 25 Women Leaders in Tech Services and Consulting, 2019—Karalee Close

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.


Protecting and Promoting Global LGBT+ Rights—Elliot Vaughn

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."

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