Clarification on behalf of Dimple Agarwal:
A representative of Ms. Agarwal has asked us to clarify that after a thorough investigation there were no findings of bullying, and Ms. Agarwal did not as a result resign or retire at that time from the firm. We are happy to make the position clear. Dimple has now decided after 16 successful years at Deloitte to leave in order to spend more time focusing on her passions of diversity and equality, in particular girls’ education, and sustainability.
Deloitte has announced that Dimple Agarwal, deputy chief executive and head of people and purpose, has stepped down with immediate effect amid workplace claims of bullying.
The news follows a recent report from The Telegraph which revealed that Agarwal was under investigation over accusations of bullying and inappropriate working practices.
The firm, which claims to have a “zero tolerance” approach to bullying and harassment of any kind and is thought to encourage people to speak up and raise concerns “without fear of career penalty or other reprisal”.
Confirming Agarwal’s departure, Richard Houston, UK CEO for Deloitte, added: “After two years on the executive and making a significant contribution to the firm’s People & Purpose agenda, Dimple will be stepping down from her leadership roles.
“We’re grateful for what she’s achieved during her tenure.”