Our Approach

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is critically important to our culture and makes our firm, companies and communities stronger. Blackstone takes a holistic approach to promote DEI within our firm and across our portfolio in order to deliver for our stakeholders. Our DEI approach centers on four pillars: recruiting, talent development, community and inclusion, and accountability.


Diverse teams are more innovative and yield better outcomes. Attracting diverse talent requires expanding our talent pipelines and broadening our reach to candidates of all backgrounds and experiences. Our Future Women Leaders and Diverse Leaders Programs are examples of our commitment to creating new talent pipelines and building the next generation of leaders.

Talent Development

We’re committed to strengthening the pipeline of diverse talent at all levels of the firm. Principles of equity and inclusion are embedded into our talent development programming and processes to ensure that all our employees can do great work, be recognized for their achievements, advance, and be rewarded accordingly. Our Affinity Networks, Early Careers Program, and BX Learning Curriculum are just a few examples of forums where our employees are invited to learn more about topics like inclusive leadership, allyship, unconscious bias, and more.

Community and Inclusion

We’re committed to fostering an inclusive culture. That’s how we attract and retain talent, leverage the benefits of a diverse workforce, and drive innovation and business outcomes. Our affinity networks help support these efforts by raising cultural awareness through speaker series, networking events, service opportunities and mentoring relationships. Our networks operate in an integrated way, supporting each other’s goals and frequently co-hosting events, highlighting the intersectionality of our diverse communities.


At Blackstone, building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace isn’t only the responsibility of senior managers or HR, it’s everyone’s responsibility. We invite firmwide participation in our high-value recruiting programs, encourage all leaders to model inclusive leadership and invite all employees to participate in our affinity networks as either members or allies.

Recruiting Programs

We are focused on building a pipeline of diverse talent for the next generation of leaders at Blackstone and throughout the financial services industry.

Blackstone Affinity Networks

Our Affinity Networks serve as a resource for members and allies. They foster belonging and community and play a critical role in supporting our efforts to recruit, retain and advance a diverse workforce. Core to our networks is the concept of allyship, the continuous practice of advancing a culture of inclusion through intentional, positive and conscious actions that promote equity and inclusion.

Diverse Professionals Network

Our Diverse Professionals Network (DPN) is a community of networks including a Black and African American Network, South Asian and Middle Eastern Network, Hispanic and Latino Network, and East Asian Network. The DPN provides a platform for employees to build relationships and advance the dialogue regarding the importance of racial and ethnic diversity for our business.

Women's Initiative

The Blackstone Women’s Initiative drives a multitude of programs across the firm focused on developing women, fostering connectivity across businesses, helping to encourage organic mentorship relationships and helping to shape our recruiting strategy.

OUT Blackstone

OUT Blackstone focuses on enhancing visibility of LGBTQ+ individuals both at Blackstone and in the community. The group helps raise awareness of how LGBTQ+ individuals are impacted socially and professionally and connect employees throughout the firm.

Veterans Network

The Veterans Network aims to cultivate a community of veterans and advocates who can add value and unique perspectives to Blackstone’s business and culture. As of July 2021, Blackstone has achieved its goal of over 100,000 veterans, veteran spouses and caregivers hired across its portfolio. 

Working Families

The Working Families Network brings together parents, caregivers and anyone interested in having or starting a family while working at Blackstone. The network brings in speakers, provides resources, and fosters a community of families, while advocating for policies and services that continue to make Blackstone one of the great places to work for parents and caregivers.

Blackstone Career Pathways ™

This program aims to broaden the high-quality talent networks from which our portfolio companies recruit, develop and advance talent. Accessing historically untapped talent pools helps our companies build more representative workforces and inclusive cultures and creates lasting value for our investors.

DEI in Action

Blackstone is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital or partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic predisposition, veteran or military status, status as a victim of domestic violence, a sex offense or stalking, or any other class or status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training.  All Blackstone employees, including but not limited to recruiting personnel and hiring managers, are required to abide by this policy.  Blackstone strictly prohibits retaliation against any individual who, in good faith, raises a concern, participates in any investigation of the concern, testifies or assists in a proceeding involving discrimination, or encourages another to report a potential violation of this policy.

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While Blackstone believes ESG factors can enhance long-term value, Blackstone does not pursue an ESG-based investment strategy or limit its investments to those that meet specific ESG criteria except with respect to products or strategies that are explicitly designated as doing so in their offering documents or other applicable governing documents. Such factors do not qualify Blackstone’s objectives to seek to maximize risk adjusted returns.  A decision to invest should take into account the objectives and characteristics of the relevant fund as set out in more detail in the applicable offering documents. Further information can be found at www.blackstone.com/european-overview.