- The team’s responsibilities entail “improving diversity at the firm and being part of the complaints process for staff who feel they have faced racial discrimination or harassment.”
- A senior manager of diversity and inclusion at the firm was reportedly the one mocking Chinese accents.
- One of the questions presented at the event had employees select a company logo out of several listed options that “best represented communism,” with the correct logo being that of Chinese tech giant Huawei.
- Instagram account @TheAussieCorporate first revealed the incident on Instagram Stories on Friday.
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- “A number of people shared their disappointment, frustration and anger about this event,” Seymour told The Australian Financial Review. “On behalf of all the team at PwC, I am extremely disappointed that this incident has occurred…I am hugely disappointed we fell short of the standard we hold ourselves to.”
- He said that “whilst [the skit was] unintentional, they were thoughtless and harmful.”
- @TheAussieCorporate noted in their follow-up Instagram Stories that many people were calling out Seymour’s use of the word “unintentional,” given the supposed “choreographed” nature of the skit.
- On Monday, Seymour emailed the company’s partners about the incident and later apologized to those that were present during the trivia event at a town hall meeting. The incident was further addressed in company-wide communications sent out on Tuesday.
- Those who attended the meeting expressed concerns that resolving the issue would be drawn out, but the firm is reportedly expected to come to a conclusion in one week.
- The news follows reports of the firm’s efforts to improve racial diversity within its higher ranks, as only 17% of its partners are of “non-European cultural backgrounds” while 47% of employees are.