Expanding the impact of diversity and inclusion
Every day since our firm was founded in 1926, we have had a focus on our people—we understand that they are what make us successful. Over our nearly 100-year history of meeting the needs of our clients, our communities and our people, RSM has embraced the power of being understood, and today we seek to increase diversity, equity and inclusion—within our firm, within our profession and within the communities we serve.
This means we make intentional choices to create an environment where diversity and inclusion thrive, because we understand that the innovative solutions we all need to succeed come through diversity of thinking. And diverse thinking happens when we bring our unique perspectives, insights, experiences and talents to the table.
At RSM, we have created and continue to sustain an environment of inclusion for all. As our Evolving Mosaic demonstrates, we embrace that people and experience shape our progress and while there is much work ahead of us, this year we received numerous third-party endorsements for our efforts and various recognitions for how inclusion is making a difference at RSM. Examples include being named as a Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, being named by Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media) as one of its Best Companies for Dads and one of its 100 Best Companies overall, and by being among the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion by Disability Equality Index.
We continue to take proactive steps to ensure that our commitment to inclusion is integrated into business and sustainability moving forward. For example, over the past year, we joined more than 80 other organizations in signing Disability: IN’s CEO Letter on Disability Inclusion. We also launched the Middle Market Collaborative for Understanding, a group of middle market business leaders that comes together regularly to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion.
InspirAsian is one of 12 employee network groups that celebrate all walks of life, genders, interests and backgrounds.
In addition to our full-time team dedicated to culture, diversity and inclusion, our 12 employee-led employee network groups (ENGs) play a key role in fostering an inclusive workplace culture and proactively addressing issues important to our people. For example, for a number of years, we’ve honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to service through our annual Season of Service, led by our national African American and Canadian Excellence (AACE) ENG. This past year, we raised $54,878 through cash donations and had nearly 332 volunteers donate more than 780 hours of their time.
Our ENGs were also highlighted in a series of “Inclusion Starts with I” videos where our managing partner and CEO engaged in question-and-answer sessions with our national group leaders and members. Our CEO also holds a quarterly CEO Courageous Conversation, inviting direct and open communication between our workforce and leadership in candid, inclusive conversations.
Our investment in the diverse workplace of the future through scholarship support for students from underrepresented populations is helping to ensure our ongoing success by supporting the RSM US Foundation’s mission of building tomorrow’s middle market leaders. This year, we also launched the RSM Excellence Academy, a multiyear, multifaceted early identification professional development and skill-building program for college students majoring in accounting, business technology and related fields. The academy teaches students about careers in professional services and introduces them to RSM’s workplace culture.
At RSM, we remain committed to our journey toward greater equity and inclusion in our society as evidenced by our CDI activities, our racial understanding task force, our CEO Action Fellows for Racial Equity and more.
Learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion at RSM here.