BCG’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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

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

  • Recruit passionate, open-minded people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicities, abilities, and experience.
  • Offer employees global diversity 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, local office committees responsible for programming and education initiatives on topics of culture and identity.
  • 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.
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Commitments to Racial Equity

Our vision is to challenge racism and inspire all to advance equity—within our workplace, our work, and our world. Each of our offices around the world takes steps to address racial equity inside our firm and beyond. Our commitment to advancing racial equity spans across racial and ethnic identities facing societal inequality and injustice. In 2020, our leadership publicly announced six commitments to advancing racial equity.

At BCG, we partner with leaders across the business community and society to tackle many of the world’s toughest challenges, including racial equity.

BCG supports the Business Roundtable's Racial Equity & Justice subcommittees on Education & Workforce and Finance. Our CEO, Rich Lesser, serves on both groups and as a member of the Business Roundtable's Board of Directors. 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.

We’re proud to have partnered with Management Leadership for Tomorrow and BCG Digital Ventures 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.

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Commitments to Gender Equality

Recruiting, retaining, and advancing women at BCG is a top priority. Our Women@BCG network supports our women by educating leaders and staff, offering customized development and sponsorship plans that connect women with the firm’s most senior leaders, and facilitating valuable connection and affiliation opportunities. We track and measure representation, holding ourselves accountable to retention and advancement aspirations across all levels of the organization.

Additionally, we have enhanced our focus on our allies. The Men as Allies program in North America engages male employees in our gender diversity initiatives by including men in the critical conversations around inclusion and advancement of women in the workplace. Prominent BCG leaders have also taken strides to push the Women@BCG agenda.

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Commitments to LGBTQ Equality

BCG strives to create an environment in which all LGBTQ employees feel confident in their ability to bring their authentic selves to work and secure collaborating with colleagues and clients. Through Pride@BCG, we support LGBTQ colleagues so 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:

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Commitments to Disability Inclusion

Our AccessAbility@BCG network—which is active in North America, Australia, and New Zealand—connects BCGers across a few focus areas, including physical disability, neurodiversity, chronic illness, and mental health.

The network advances three goals:

  1. Fostering community among people at BCG who have disabilities, chronic illnesses, or are caregivers of people with disabilities through mentorship and career development programs, candid conversations, and affiliation events.
  2. Developing resources and advocating for people with disabilities.
  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 North America Veterans@BCG network promotes affiliation among military recruiting candidates, BCG employees, and alumni representing every branch of military service and intelligence services around the world.

The network’s mission is to raise awareness of civilian career paths for veterans, support their unique career transition, and help veterans leverage their individual skills to succeed at BCG.

Beyond BCG, Veterans@BCG has partnered with Commit Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, and other nonprofit organizations. In addition, several members of the network participate in pro bono work that directly affects members of these communities.

BCG has been selected as one of 30 finalists for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, which is the highest recognition given by the US Department of Defense to employers for their exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve members.


Recognition and Awards

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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.

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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 at the time, was a core member of BCG’s Digital BCG and the Consumer practice.

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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.

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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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TOP 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America, 2018—Justin Dean

Savoy magazine has recognized Justin Dean, BCG partner and managing director, as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” for 2018, calling out his leadership of the Washington office and his work with BCG’s Ethnic Diversity Network.

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