Culture, diversity and inclusion

Multicultural employee network group

Connecting people from all cultures across our firm

Our Multicultural employee network group (ENG) supports individuals with multicultural backgrounds and experiences, educates others on different cultures represented within our firm and around the world, and provides opportunities for our people to learn about colleagues’ experiences that might differ from their own. This fosters a better understanding and appreciation of various cultural contributions, and encourages different perspectives of multicultural individuals to further enhance RSM’s business, as well as our diversity and inclusion objectives. Members actively support the recruitment, development and retention of multicultural individuals and promote cultural diversity within our firm.

This ENG hosts events across RSM, and collaborates with many other ENGs to provide professional development to our people, networking and business development, internal growth opportunities, and recruiting for new college graduates as well as experienced professionals. Members also have the opportunity to engage in a conversational language program to develop their skills in a different language, which promotes global business initiatives..

Resources for racial understanding and inclusion

We’re committed to doing our part to advance racial understanding and inclusion across the firm and within our communities. To support our activities, we are sharing our internal resources for the benefit of our clients and others who want to drive meaningful change and create a more equitable future.

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month – also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month – is a time to celebrate and honor the Native Americans who have contributed to our nation's rich history and character.

If you’re not sure how we came to celebrate this important month, here’s a quick history lesson. In 1900, Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian and Museum of Arts director, was the first proponent of creating a day of appreciation for American Indians, and persuaded the Boy Scouts to recognize it. More than 75 years later, Congress passed a resolution to declare a full week of recognition and in 2009, President Barack Obama issued a declaration to that November would be formally recognized as National Native American Heritage Month. While their sacrifices and contributions are abundant, some of the most notable include the discovery of edible plants and the establishment of a government system that serves as the model of federated representative democracy.

This month, RSM’s Multicultural ENG is also doing their part to create awareness and shine a light on important issues impacting our indigenous communities, including hosting a Native and Indigenous People’s panel discussion to help our people better understand the diverse Native American heritage. RSM’s Native American Services practice and RSM’s tribal services professionals also continue to play an invaluable role in helping pave a way for current and future tribal leaders by increasing the productivity and profitability of tribal enterprises, programs and other economic development ventures.

So, what can you do to help educate others about remaining tribes and the various challenges faced by Native Americans? Below are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Learn more about the ten largest Native American tribes - many of which still exist today.
  • Visit a local museum and discover ancient Native American artifacts and exhibits – bring the family along!
  • Experience Native American culture virtually by watching a documentary or reading the work of a Native American author.
  • Support Mother Nature – something that is sacred to many tribes - by planting flowers and plants that are indigenous to your area.
  • Support native-owned businesses and charities.

At RSM, we embrace differences and we do a number of things to demonstrate our commitment to inclusion, including investing in 12 employee network groups (ENGs), one of which – our Multicultural ENG – is focused on supporting individuals with multicultural backgrounds and experiences. On behalf of our Multicultural ENG, and the rest of our nearly 14,700 people across the U.S. and Canada, please join me in supporting our indigenous communities during National Native American Heritage Month.

Shereen Agbebaku, Senior Manager and National Multicultural Employee Network Group Leader

RSM is committed to inclusion, and we value perspectives, journeys, milestones and progress that enrich us all.

Inclusion starts with I: Multicultural

In our “Inclusion Starts with I” video series, CEO Joe Adams hosts candid conversations with members of our employee network groups. In this video, he talks with the national leader and other members of the Multicultural group.

National ENG leader

Environmental, social and governance

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A culture of diversity, equity and inclusion

Thousands of personalities make up RSM. Every member of our team brings unique insights and a passion for the middle market clients we serve. Our inclusive workplace celebrates differences, while enabling our people to take ownership of their work and personal lives.