Grant Thornton LLP has significantly increased its commitment to bolster its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, while also being a positive force for justice in America's communities. Its efforts include a half dozen new programs, complemented by meaningful financial donations to two leading social-justice organizations.
Grant Thornton developed its efforts alongside members of its African Americans and Allies business resource group ? an internal group that promotes the recruitment, development, advancement and retention of Black teammates through collaboration with allies and firm leadership.
"Knowing that words would not be enough and that we needed to take action, we created a set of strategic commitments and policy changes," said Brad Preber, CEO of Grant Thornton. "Our efforts represent the direct recommendations from our leaders and members of our African Americans and Allies business resource group. We developed them with a high level of transparency and accountability to ensure lasting, meaningful change in our firm, our communities and beyond."
The new measures include:
While Grant Thornton launched its commitments as part of this summer's moment of national reckoning over racial justice, the firm sees them as part of an ongoing effort to make measurable strides toward equity and inclusion. To that end, the firm will soon be sharing its long-term diversity, equity and inclusion plan to support its broader diverse populations, which include Black professionals.
"This year has proven to be a galvanizing time for the nation ? and for Grant Thornton," said Rashada Whitehead, Grant Thornton's head of culture, diversity, equity and inclusion. "With the guidance of our Black colleagues, we were able to turn tragedy into positive momentum by jump-starting a number of meaningful commitments, including our recent monetary donations. But our work is not done; we look forward to continually advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at Grant Thornton and in the communities we serve."
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