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 recognize 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 and training to upskill and encourage our people and leaders to have open discussions on race, with a focus on learning from historical and regional context as well as our employee’s experiences.

As a co-signatory to the open letter with the Partnership for New York we reassert our commitment to diversity and inclusion among our boards, executive leadership and our workforce.

As part of our ongoing recruitment efforts, we partner with companies such as Jopwell to actively outreach to those communities that have been traditionally underrepresented on Wall Street. 

We recognize 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 organization.

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 organizations 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.

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 backup child/adult/eldercare at home or at eligible childcare centers, nursing mothers' facilities, connections to resources for ongoing care and support (nannies, tutors, pet care) and a college coach program to support your family's needs.

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


Gender balance

We are committed to achieving gender balance at all levels across our organization. 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 organization.

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 maintains a 100/100 ranking on the US Human rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index, is listed as #1 employer in the UK Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and is listed as a Top 10 employer in the British LGBT awards, we achieved a Top 10 ranking in the Australian Workplace Equality Index four times, qualifying us as a Platinum Employer for LGBTQ+ inclusion. 

Since 2017 we have been a proud sponsor of the Out for Undergraduate Business conference encouraging LGBTQ+ university students to consider a career in financial services and with Macquarie.


At Macquarie, we are committed to flexible and hybrid working for the long term and recognize 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.

Employee Network Groups

At Macquarie we recognize that 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.

Our Employee Network Groups (ENGs) are employee-led initiatives that are sponsored by Macquarie in line with our commitment to diversity and inclusion. They are open to all of our people and connect those from across the organization with similar goals and interests so that they can collaborate and learn from each other.

Our Black Employees at Macquarie ENG (BE@M) is a collective of Black employees, advocates, and allies dedicated to addressing the nuanced issues that specifically affect the Black community. We aim to foster a culture that seeks to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion and offer a sense of community within Macquarie. BE@M strives to act as a strategic partner to drive racial equity and promote the advancement and inclusion of our Black employees, while creating a space to support and leverage their experiences to influence, empower and strengthen the relationships within the Macquarie community.

Our Families and Carers ENG’s goal is to support our people in their family and carer responsibilities in a social and interactive way. Our ENG provides support to working parents and those with caring responsibilities through educational sessions, children’s holiday parties, access to support groups and resources. 

Our Pride ENG empowers our LGBTQ+ colleagues, customers, clients, communities and allies by building a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone has equitable opportunities and the freedom to be their authentic selves. 

Throughout the year we celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), LGBTQ+ History Month and Wear it Purple Day as well as Regional Pride celebrations and local days of significance as part of our internal and external commitment to our employees, our clients and communities.


Our Unity at Macquarie ENG seeks to connect and empower our colleagues of different races, ethnicities, cultures and faiths.

We are committed to fostering an inclusive and collaborative workplace where we celebrate our diversity and empower our people of all backgrounds. Our current workforce population is made up of people from 68 nationalities, speaking 72+ languages.

We are committed to providing a wide range of resources, policies, facilities and programs to help support veterans in our workforce. Our Veterans ENG strives to support veteran communities (of all nations) across the US, including both veterans looking for employment opportunities at Macquarie and veterans already within the organization through internal and external networking, mentoring, information forums and community activities. 

Our Women ENG works to increase awareness of Macquarie’s commitment to gender equity and provide opportunities for our people to benefit from sponsorship, mentoring, training and networking opportunities. Our ENG also partners with external groups to advance gender balance in the industry more broadly and provide our people with access to external events, training, and resources.

Our Women in Tech group has members around the world who embrace our culture of respect and inclusion and promote gender equity in Technology. Their vision is to empower us to help shape what the future looks like for women working in Technology.

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