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Inclusion and Diversity

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity is embedded in our firm’s history and daily practice...
McKinsey colleagues meet in our Washington DC office.

At McKinsey, inclusion and diversity are critical to achieving our dual mission—to help our clients make substantial, lasting performance improvements and to build a firm that attracts, develops, excites, and retains exceptional people.

Our inclusive culture enriches our creativity, innovation, and problem-solving abilities. Our teams incorporate diverse perspectives that strengthen our client impact.

We run C-level-executive master classes to help newly hired or promoted senior executives from underrepresented groups succeed, including LGBTQ+ senior executives, pictured here at a master class in London.

Through our policies, systems, and culture, we strive to create an exceptional global environment for all colleagues. Additionally, we have vibrant support networks for women, members of the LGBTQ community, colleagues from minority ethnic groups, parents of special-needs children, and colleagues with disabilities. Leaders of these groups regularly report progress across the organization and help shape our policies and practice. We consistently invest in learning efforts to help all of our colleagues—including all partners, interviewers, and other leaders—to increase their awareness of potential unconscious biases.

In addition to our internal efforts, we invest heavily in research on the business and economic case for diversity and help our clients to address the challenges they face around diversity, through the work of our Organization Practice.

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Delivering Through Diversity

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Women in the Workplace

Our Women in the Workplace survey, conducted in partnership with LeanIn.Org, finds that women remain underrepresented across US... corporations—especially at senior levels of leadership.

People Analytics

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Women at McKinsey

Since 2007, we have been publishing research on the role of women in the workplace and in society, and have made the case for greater diversity. In 2017 we marked the tenth anniversary of our Women Matter series. We also published the third annual Women in the Workplace survey, in partnership with LeanIn.Org. In January 2018, we published Delivering Through Diversity, which reaffirms the case for diverse and inclusive leadership. McKinsey Global Institute’s Power of Parity research estimates the size of the global economic opportunity from achieving gender parity in society.

Over the past 2 years, we have shared our latest findings in over 100 major conferences and workshops internationally, and our research has been cited nearly 1,000 times in leading publications, including the following:

The Wall Street Journal

The hidden battle of the sexes at work

Washington Post

A surprising number of men think women are ‘well represented’ when just 1 in 10 executives is female


Minority women really are least likely to be promoted in corporate America

The Wall Street Journal

Companies with diverse executive teams posted bigger profit margins, study shows

Forbes Middle East

More evidence that company diversity leads to better profits

The Telegraph (UK)

Britain’s most successful companies have women in senior roles

Our firmwide “All In” initiative engages colleagues of all genders around the world to develop and share innovative ways of working that promote gender inclusivity. As a firm, we have also taken steps to ensure our policies and processes do the same. Examples include the following:

  • Best-in-class flexibility. In addition to opportunities to work part-time programs, flexibility at McKinsey can include global mobility options, the chance to experiment in different industries and business functions, extended leaves, ‘pausing the clock’ to stay in your current role longer, the opportunity to shape your own program and, most broadly, to ‘make your own McKinsey.’
  • Making McKinsey work for parents is vitally important. To that end, we offer distinctive leave policies for birth and adoptive parents as well as a range of other health and wellness benefits and programs.
  • A global sponsorship initiative. Our research shows that women are more likely to succeed if they have a “sponsor”—someone who will stretch them, create opportunities for them, and advocate for them. To that end, we've launched a firm-wide sponsorship initiative to ensure that all our women and men are adequately and equally sponsored.
  • Inclusive leadership training. We continually strive to build inclusive culture and mindsets. To that end, we run workshops and trainings to promote inclusive management practices and raise awareness of personal biases. We have changed organizational processes to reduce the opportunity for personal biases to affect decision making processes.
As one of ten impact champions for UN Women’s HeForShe initiative, McKinsey has signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles and made a public commitment to advancing gender equality.

Photo: Dominic Barton (2nd from left), McKinsey’s global managing director, takes part in a panel discussion with UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (right) and other HeForShe impact champions at the World Economic Forum in January 2016.

Along with other impact champions, we have chosen to publish information about our progress toward gender parity. The second progress report was published in September 2017:

  • Overall representation of women at the firm: 42%
  • Representation of women in all new hires: 43%
  • Representation of women in senior leadership (top 6% of our firm): 13%
2016 data (latest available at the time of publication).

Globally, we have increased the proportion of job offers we make to female candidates by eight percentage points over the last two years. We are committed to making significant progress toward gender parity at the firm by 2020. We also review pay equity annually.

Working Mother

We have been consistently rated as one of Working Mother magazine’s 100 best companies for working mothers. For the past three years, we have earned a spot as one of the top 10 companies on that list.

We work in partnership with other organizations on gender diversity. As a member of the US 30% Club, our global managing director, Dominic Barton, is one of 47 chairman and CEO members who have publicly committed to better gender balance at all levels. In the United States, we support the Forté Foundation to help women achieve fulfilling, successful business careers. In Germany, we are a founding member of the Chefsache initiative, and, in Australia, we have been part of Male Champions of Change since its beginning.

Learn what it’s like to work at McKinsey on our Careers site.


Diversity hero

McKinsey colleagues celebrate diversity at the San Francisco Pride Parade. Our GLAM and GLAM Allies network provides support and development opportunities for LGBTQ+ colleagues.

Since 1995, our professional network, GLAM (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender at McKinsey), has been the focus of our commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusivity. It provides extensive professional development opportunities for LGBTQ+ colleagues, as well as mentorship from openly LGBTQ+ leaders. GLAM also acts as an adviser to the firm to help us ensure we have fully inclusive benefits and policies in support of nontraditional families and transgender colleagues.

We were the first management consulting firm to specifically focus recruiting efforts on attracting more talented LGBTQ+ individuals into our community. Since then, we have continued our commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion, through our global network of GLAM colleagues and GLAM Allies, our pro-bono engagements with LGBTQ+ non-profits, and our Leadership Master Classes for LGBTQ+ senior executives. We believe businesses have the power to make significant impact in the global fight for LGBTQ+ inclusion and support such efforts including, most recently, supporting the UN’s Standards of Conduct to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ individuals everywhere.

We’re proud to be one of the very few employers to achieve a score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s corporate-equality index for LGBT equality every year since 2006, when we first joined the survey.

Ethnic Diversity

Inclusion and diversity at McKinsey

McKinsey is partnering with the Executive Leadership Council, an organisation dedicated to increasing the number of successful black executives in the US and worldwide. McKinsey colleagues are pictured here alongside leaders of ELC and participants in our inaugural C-Suite Academy for black executives in New York.

Our offices around the world seek to attract, retain, and develop the most talented and qualified people wherever we work.

For example, the McKinsey Leaders Program in our Johannesburg office is designed to create future generations of black South African leaders. In 2017, this office achieved Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Level 1 contributor status under the latest Codes of Good Practice. The codes are the South African government’s initiative to address historical disparity in access to economic opportunities for previously disadvantaged groups. We remain committed to supporting South Africa’s transformation, by creating career opportunities for black professionals and through our supplier development program.

In the United States, our Sophomore Diversity Internship program offers opportunities to Hispanic and Latino sophomores.

We have global support networks for our diverse colleagues. Our Black Network celebrated its 25th anniversary last year; and we have organizations for Hispanic and Latino and Asian and Asian-American colleagues.

Colleagues in these networks are committed to one another’s success and to supporting McKinsey’s aim to attract more talented individuals to the firm. In addition to specific training and development, these networks create opportunities for colleagues, clients, and alumni to network and build connections through regular events and activities.