Inclusion & Diversity
Inclusion & Diversity at Oliver Wyman is a philosophy
It’s not a talent program; it’s a way of life. Our commitment is rooted in our values, woven into our business strategies, and lived daily in the spirit of our culture. We believe inclusion drives diversity, and diversity enables better outcomes for us and our clients. We also believe in creating a culture where all of our colleagues can bring their full, authentic selves to work and feel included and positioned for success.
A culture where different people thrive. Together.
We want our people to feel confident that they can succeed here being themselves. That’s why our approach to I&D centers around culture. We believe all diversity – including diversity of background, experience, and thought – should be nourished and valued.
We focus on I&D first and foremost because it’s the right thing to do. But we also know that diverse teams outperform homogeneous ones, and by fostering a culture where different people thrive together we can deliver greater impact for our clients. We share this responsibility and work together to create the culture we strive for.
We live our I&D values dailyIt takes collective will and commitment to build a truly inclusive culture. We work daily to create a sense of community and we value the unique contributions of our colleagues by:
- Understanding who we are as individuals—our distinct values, motivators, strengths—and what this means in our relationships
- Learning about each other and forming meaningful and trusting relationships
- Pushing past our comfort zones to seek perspectives that differ from our own
- Sharing boundaries and limitations honestly
- Providing honest and meaningful feedback
- Participating actively in firm decision-making
- Caring for, mentoring, developing and sponsoring, each other
I&D is a continuing journeyOliver Wyman is working hard to build an environment where all employees can thrive and has set ambitious goals around diversity over the coming years. In the past five years we have made progress against these goals – for example, we have more than doubled our female Partner ranks – but have much further to go to reach our ambitions. We are focused on increasing diversity across all visible and invisible dimensions – including gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and cognitive diversity. We strive to be an employer of choice and to have an inclusive culture where all employees can bring their full, authentic selves to work.
Inclusion doesn’t take care of itself – not even in a meritocracy. It requires work, focus, communication, and commitment. Our success is directly linked to the strength of our culture and the quality of people we can attract to join us. Inclusion is essential to support the strong culture because it is the right approach to life and because it will enable us to attract a wider range of the best people, allow our people to develop and, ultimately, it will enable us to address more complex issues for clients.Scott McDonald CEO
Our Inclusion CouncilThe 20-member Inclusion Council is comprised of senior staff throughout the globe focused on helping us realize our goals in maintaining a strong, united and inclusive culture that aligns to our purpose and values. It's an advisory board/steering committee that provides feedback and oversight on our I&D efforts, including recommending tactical actions and programmatic solutions that help meet the needs of our evolving workforce, workplace, and marketplace business priorities. The individual members act as I&D champions who encourage constructive dialogue on the topic of I&D across the firm.
Our Colleague Networks
Our people networks ensure that all of our colleagues feel a sense of connection and community from day one. Members act as ‘reverse mentors’ to Oliver Wyman leaders on a regular basis, ensuring we continue to embed inclusion issues in our global agenda. We invite you to learn more: