United States

Recognizing Earth Day by leaving things better than we find them

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Earth Day, now in its 51st year, originally began in 1970 as “International Mother Earth Day,” and is now observed every April 22. What began on a somewhat small scale is now recognized by more than a billion people in more than 192 countries, making it the biggest civic observance in the world. But do you know what Earth Day is really all about?

At RSM, when we think of Earth Day, our thoughts naturally turn to the concept of leaving things better than we find them – that’s how we define our core value of stewardship, and it’s something we strive to do for our clients, for our communities and for Mother Earth. And while not isolated to Earth Day, we demonstrate our value of stewardship – or leaving things better than we found them in a number of ways, including:

  • We raise funds to help kids. Making a positive impact on the communities where we live and work is one of RSM’s greatest triumphs. Through Birdies Fore Love and other efforts, our caring professionals go above-and-beyond to support children and families across the U.S. and in Canada.  
  • We give back to the communities where our people live and work. The RSM US Foundation 2020 giving report highlights the various activities our people have engaged in over the past year in support of their local communities and details our giving programs which, to date, have resulted in more than $21 million being donated to communities across the U.S. and in Canada.
  • We support universities and their students through donations and various scholarships.
  • We serve our communities. One of the most notable ways we do this is through our annual volunteer initiative. What started as a Volunteer Day 12 years ago, morphed into a Volunteer Week which, last year, spanned two months (August and September) due, in large part, to the pandemic. Even given social distancing restrictions, more than 1,500 RSM people and 400 family members participated in (mostly virtual) volunteer activities for a total of 8,000 hours across the U.S. and Canada last year alone.
  • We support our colleagues and communities. Our disaster relief and other efforts help communities and individuals recover from unexpected events, while 5Ks, shoe donations and other activities enhance our annual Volunteer Week efforts each year.
  • Our Dollars for Doers program supports volunteer work that our people do for charitable organizations aligned with the RSM US Foundation’s mission: to build tomorrow’s middle market business leaders through education and by creating stable environments for youth in the areas of hunger, housing and health.

There are so many things each of us can do to leave things better than we found them. So whether it’s planting trees and shrubs at a local school or park, participating in a local Adopt-a-Highway effort to clean up your community or sharing your time, treasures or talent in some other way, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating Earth Day!


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