Commitment to Equality
With our vision to create a lasting, positive impact for our clients, employees, and communities, we live our core value of continuous improvement by always looking for ways to better ourselves and the world around us. We believe that one of those ways is to join with the voices in our nation, our states, and the communities in which we work in speaking out against systemic and institutionalized bias and racial injustice.
We hold regular Implicit Bias, Diversity, and Inclusion training and EEO and harassment training for all employees. Our firm also requires our business partners and vendors to document their commitment to non-discriminatory policies and practices. In 2020, we established a dedicated steering committee focused on improving our commitment to justice, equality, diversity, and inclusion. Based on their recommendations, we are working with an experienced facilitator to guide internal discussions on these topics. We will continue the work in 2021 to better fulfill our commitment to equality.
Below is a passage from our July 1, 2020 statement following the horrific deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others.
In his letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” We agree with Dr. King’s assertion and stand in solidarity with our Black employees, clients, and communities, and commit to taking action to back up our words…
Now is the time for us to redouble our pledge to diversity and inclusion beginning with our employees. We will start by facilitating challenging conversations to ensure that our work environment is inclusive, respectful, and supportive of all employees… We know there is a lot of work to do; we are committed to this work and will not falter on this commitment.
Read the full statement here.