EY’s professional networks (ERGs) and inclusion councils are aligned with its business strategy and both help the firm achieve results. Fair360, formerly DiversityInc caught up with EY to discuss how the firm utilizes both and how they work in concert to achieve desired outcomes.
What is the difference between EY’s professional networks and inclusiveness councils?
EY’s professional networks began as affinity groups, progressed to resource groups and ultimately evolved into the professional networks that exist today. The program is aligned with EY’s business strategy and purpose: helping to elevate the voices of our people so that they feel a strong sense of belonging, and have the platform to grow and succeed. Each network is open and inclusive and encourages participation from allies. The networks have three strategic drivers — connecting our people; connecting communities; and connecting with clients to build successful relationships, brands and careers. In order to achieve these three objectives, EY professional networks utilize a framework based on shared guidance, but also have the flexibility to develop programming that best suits each group’s needs in that market.