Catalyst Award 2018
BCG earned the Catalyst Award for our Women@BCG program.
To fully reflect the world in which we work and to achieve sustainable impact, we:
We understand that despite the progress we’re making through our DEI initiatives, there is more work to be done. We remain committed to working with our clients and community partners to advance equity and equality.
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.
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 DEI.
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, the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Black Girl Ventures, and the Innocence Project.
Advancing the pursuit of racial equity with our clients through the lens of Total Societal Impact (TSI). Using TSI, we can work with the world’s largest organizations to ensure that racial equity is fully considered, measured, and advanced.
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.
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.
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:
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 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:
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 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.
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 14 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.
Gabrielle Novacek (managing director and partner in Chicago) and Michael Schachtner (managing director and partner in New York) were both recognized as OUTstanding LGBT+ Executives. Matt Krentz (senior managing director and partner in Chicago) was recognized as an OUTstanding Ally Executive, and Rachael Stein (consultant in Boston) was recognized as an OUTstanding LGBT+ Future Leader.
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.
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."
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.