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RSM Joins 80+ Corporations in Supporting COVID-19 Response and 5-Point Action Agenda

Diversity champion corporations collaborate to address social and economic impacts on vulnerable communities



RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – is pleased to join a consortium of more than 80 supporting companies, launched by Ascend, the largest nonprofit Pan-Asian membership organization for business professionals and executives in North America, to address the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The consortium collectively calls for members, partners and associates to affirm its 5-Point Action Agenda:

  • Promote inclusion: Advocate for a diverse and inclusive workplace and society.
  • Raise awareness: Highlight the unique impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups.
  • Denounce bias: Encourage individuals to report virus-linked discriminatory acts against Pan-Asians and other targeted groups and communities in the workplace and in public.
  • Support communities: Contribute time, knowledge and/or other resources to aid frontline workers, COVID-19 victims and families.
  • Give donations: Provide funds and/or other resources to support vulnerable populations of people and impacted businesses.

In addition to Ascend, the founding organizations of this consortium include ALPFA, Catalyst, The Conference Board, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), National Congress of American Indians, National Organization on Disability (NOD), Out & Equal, Tanenbaum and 80+ supporting companies, all focused on addressing the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Member organizations advocate for those in underserved communities who are particularly vulnerable to public health crises and economic downturns. Collectively, these organizations pledge to combat stigma and biases associating Pan-Asians with the novel coronavirus, as well as all forms of discrimination based on age, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and veteran status. Organizations have delivered COVID-19 programming, including educational webinars and executive town halls; provided employee resource group (ERG) support programs, engaged in fundraising efforts to support front-line workers; and published resource guides to assist diverse groups. They are also working with key CEO coalitions such as CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion to advance awareness and education of virus-linked bias at the highest levels of the business community.

“RSM has a long history of promoting inclusion – both in the workplace and in the communities where our people live and work,” said Joe Adams, managing partner and CEO with RSM US LLP. “We understand the important contributions that our diverse group of employees bring to our firm and to our middle market clients, and we are honored to collaborate with others across the country and in Canada who are focused on addressing negative impacts of COVID-19.”

To date, companies from across sectors have joined RSM and other consortium members to support the Action Agenda, including Adobe, American Airlines, American Express, AT&T, Bank of America, Bayer, Boeing, Cisco, Coca Cola Company, Deutsche Bank USA Corp., Goldman Sachs & Co., Google, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Lockheed Martin Corporation, L’Oréal, Lulu lemon, Merck, MetLife, Pfizer, Proctor & Gamble, Sodexo, Under Armor, U.S. Steel, Walmart and the WNBA.

“We applaud the companies collaborating with us to drive actions that safeguard protections for diverse groups and underrepresented employee segments,” said Anna Mok, president, Ascend. “This commitment reinforces the importance of our 5-Point Action Agenda. We call on additional companies and organizations to join and help us accelerate progress together.”

About Ascend and Ascend Foundation
Ascend (@AscendLeader) is the largest nonprofit Pan-Asian membership organization for business professionals and executives in North America. Established in 2005, a career lifecycle organization, reaches 60,000+ senior executives, professionals and MBA/undergraduate students involved in its 50+ chapters in the United States and Canada. The Ascend Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Pan-Asian organization primarily engaged in research with a mission to advocate, enable Pan-Asian business leaders to reach their full potential, and provide scholarships to honor students who demonstrate scholastic excellence, leadership and commendable community service. Visit Ascend’s website for more information.

RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business environment.

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