June 30 marked the first ever RSM Day of Understanding for our firm. Spurred by recent external events in the U.S., we paused that day to affirm our support of diversity, inclusion and our belief that there is no place for hatred, violence or discrimination in our firm or in our society.
Leading up to our Day of Understanding, we encouraged our 11,000+ people in Canada and the U.S. to set aside some time that day to discuss race and inclusion and to build skills to advance their understanding in those areas.
Wow, did our people deliver! Throughout the day, scores of employees, partners and principals in the U.S. and in Canada engaged in local conversations, and shared brief self-recorded videos, quotes and heartfelt thoughts about their feelings around the importance of inclusion. They also made donations (which the RSM US Foundation has promised to match up to a total of $200K) through our Dollars for Doers program to organizations in their communities focused on promoting racial understanding. And they took advantage of our Culture, Diversity and Inclusion learning library to expand their knowledge about systemic racism, unconscious bias, managing bias and other relevant topics.
The day was such an enlightening experience with so many of our people participating that we’re unable to share all of their thoughts here. With their permission, however, we’re sharing just a few examples, as we think you’ll appreciate the insights and candor. Read messages from Allison, Shereen and Suzanna below.
Our brand promise is the power of being understood, and that promise holds true for our clients, our colleagues and our communities. Perhaps Tracey Walker, national director of government affairs; culture, diversity and inclusion, said it best: “The Power of Being Understood isn’t just a slogan; it’s something we have to live to make this world a better place and to drive a more inclusive culture.”