Diversity, equity and inclusion

Macquarie is a people business - the ideas and commitment all of our employees bring as part of our global community is the driving force behind our success. Macquarie’s growth has been led by our people going out into the world to find opportunities for our clients and communities, and there’s no doubt that our diversity of thought has been one of our greatest assets."

Shemara Wikramanayake

Our commitment to an inclusive and equitable workplace

In every one of our offices across 34 markets around the world, you’ll find individuals from diverse backgrounds with different ways of thinking, different skills and different experiences. At Macquarie we value the innovation and creativity that diversity of thought brings and recognise that inclusion ensures all our people are empowered to innovate and invest for a better future.

We recognise that our people often have multiple, intersecting identities and so our strategy focuses on ensuring that everyone feels that they can bring their whole selves to work. Within Macquarie we sponsor groups, committees and employee-led initiatives that connect those from across the organisation so that they can collaborate and learn from each other.

Cultural diversity and racial equity

We recognise that equity, success and personal empowerment must be available to all our people as a right, not a privilege, and we must continue our efforts outside and inside the workplace to build a future that secures these rights for everyone.

We are committed to fostering an inclusive and collaborative workplace where we celebrate our diversity and empower our people of all cultures, races and ethnicities. 

We provide resources to upskill and encourage our people and leaders to have open discussions on cultural diversity, with a focus on learning from historical and regional context as well as our employee’s experiences.

We recognise we don’t have all the answers today, but we are dedicated to addressing the conditions that fuel inequity to create real, long-term sustainable cultural change. Learn more about our actions.

Accessibility, disability-inclusion and neurodiversity

We are committed to supporting our talent that are neurodiverse or living with disability and educating our people to become a disability-confident organisation.

Principles of inclusion are embedded within our policies, practices and procedures, with workplace adjustments and technology available to all.

We educate and raise awareness of visible and invisible disabilities by engaging leading organisations to provide training and on-demand resources and promoting global days of disability awareness. In FY21 we became a signatory to The Valuable 500, a global collective focused on disability-inclusion.

We are working to ensure our workplaces provide dignified access for our people and visitors, consulting with accessibility experts on the design of our new Sydney headquarters.

First Nations  

We are committed to honouring and celebrating First Nations history and culture as well as providing employment opportunities for First Nations people.

We aim to raise awareness through education and training, and develop long-term relationships with First Nations organisations, communities and individuals. We offer employee secondments with Jawun and are a long-term employment partner in the CareerTrackers program, offering internships to Indigenous students. 

In partnership with the Macquarie Group Foundation we have established a number of long-term partnerships with educational organisations such as the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School, and the Clontarf Foundation to close the gap in First Nations educational outcomes. 

Families and carers

We aim to ensure all our people have the tools and opportunities to build diverse and exciting careers that adapt and reflect the changes in their personal lives. We support our employees through their parental leave with benefits enabling them to successfully transition to life as a working parent on their return.

We offer paid parental leave as well as varied initiatives such as childcare centres, backup child/adult/eldercare, nursing mothers' facilities and return-to-work coaching for parents. 

Our global return-to-work rate after parental leave was 95% in FY2023.

We are accredited as a National Level 3 carer-friendly organisation by Carers+Employers and a Family Friendly Workplace by Parents at Work and UNICEF Australia, recognising our ongoing commitment to support our people with parent and caring responsibilities.


Gender balance

We are committed to achieving gender balance at all levels across our organisation. Our focus continues to be on developing the internal and external female talent pipeline at both junior and senior levels and enhancing recruitment processes to facilitate this. 

We continue to maintain gender equity and transparency in all our remuneration, promotion and development practices.

Each year we celebrate International Women’s Day, where we share our progress and the action we are taking to promote gender equity within our organisation.

Promoting careers in finance to young women continues to be a focus to ensure we are building the long-term sustainability of our talent pipeline. We sponsor women-focused university societies and promote financial services careers to school students to support girls to consider the broad range of career paths available to them. 


We promote a diverse and inclusive environment for our LGBTQ+ people and clients, where everyone is encouraged to bring their whole self to work and be an ally. We do this through inclusive policies, ongoing education, awareness and community engagement.

Macquarie is proud to be #1 employer in the UK Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. We have been recognised as a Top 10 employer in the British LGBT awards and in the Australian Workplace Equality Index four times, qualifying us as a Platinum LGBTQ+ Employer. We have maintained a 100/100 ranking on the US Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index. In Asia, we have been given the Silver Award by the Pride Circle Index and the Bronze LGBT+ Award in Hong Kong by Community Business.


At Macquarie, we are committed to flexible and hybrid working for the long term and recognise its importance in our inclusive culture. Find out more about how flexible working at Macquarie can support you to reach your personal and career goals.

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