Our Marketplace

How our clients and suppliers contribute to our culture of diversity and inclusion

RSM's culture is shaped by the varied perspectives of our people and it is part of a larger mosaic—that of our profession and our society. It’s all part of embracing a more diverse, equitable and inclusive society and RSM.

Diverse Professional Organizations (DPOs)

RSM works with key DPOs, societies and associations to support inclusion and professional development in key demographics and audiences, as well as to enrich our workforce. Nationally, we have made substantial investments in the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA), Ascend (a Pan-Asian organization for business professionals), Out & Equal (an organization that works on LGBTQ workplace equality), the Global Leadership Summit (faith-based leadership training), the AICPA Women’s Global Leadership Summit, as well as accounting-focused colleges, universities and students. We also have active partnerships focused on veterans. In addition to firm-wide investments, we invest in the membership and participation of our people in these organizations.

Supplier and Vendor Diversity Programs

RSM is committed to processes and tools that support our commitment to supplier diversity and small business programs that support clients' needs and requirements and supplement our own capabilities. We have also embraced small disadvantaged business (SDB) initiatives that encourage and enable our connection to SDB partners and diverse vendors.

Our small business plan, for example, helps us meet or exceed socioeconomic targets as a percent of total contract value for government engagements. Our process identifies teaming requirements and suitable teaming partners, and enables us to identify small and disadvantaged business opportunities, establish subcontracting goals and select the most qualified candidates to support the requirements.

But our support of small and diverse businesses is not limited to those in certified disadvantaged categories by the U.S. Small Business Administration. It also includes women-, veteran- and minority-owned entities. We are evaluating vendor spending among these communities and are building a national supplier diversity program to encourage product and service purchasing from small and diverse businesses.

our pledge

As the leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, and the fifth largest U.S. accounting firm, we recognize our role in promoting diversity—not only at RSM, but in the communities where our people live and work, and in society at large. We manage thousands of people, work with dozens of suppliers and serve thousands of clients from Wall Street to Main Street.

We know that diverse teams perform better. And even with the progress we’ve made, we know we can do more. We must ensure the valued voices of our diverse peers are sought out, welcomed and magnified—not only at RSM, but in every part of our network, in every industry and community we touch.

For us, this means making the best choices to imagine an even more inclusive RSM, industry and world, and to achieve it at every intersection, by choosing diversity. We must create client service teams that mirror the communities and makeup of our clients. And we must have honest, open exchanges with our suppliers, vendors, clients and industry leaders to evolve our understanding of the issues and concerns of our diverse employees, the industries and communities we serve.

We must choose diversity and inclusion consistently—one choice, one step and one picture at a time—until together they form a mosaic representative of the world we live in.