As a responsible employer, RSM has clear goals to develop our diverse workforce, support our employees and make a positive contribution to our local communities. We work with a range of partners to help make this happen.
Our commitment to wellbeing focuses on fostering a healthy culture and a supportive environment. We want to create a workplace where we can all 'work well', and where there is no stigma attached to any aspect of wellbeing. Our holistic approach empowers our people to maintain work-life balance and flourish across the four pillars of health and wellbeing – mental, physical, financial and social.
Our Employee Assistance Programme offers 24/7 support and counselling to guide people through life’s challenges. This support extends to family members too, so that more people can benefit from this valuable resource. Our healthy advantage app for RSM colleagues has a weekly mood tracker, mini health checks and can be individually tailored to meet your needs.
We pledge to work alongside the Global Collaboration for Better Workplace Mental Health to align ourselves to keep mental health a priority, talking more openly about mental health and promoting a holistic offering to improve employees’ emotional and psychological wellbeing.
Over 125 members of our workforce have already received training to become mental health first aid champions and we are on track to increase this to over 200. We have also developed a suite of bespoke mental health training workshops and resilience courses, enabling our people to maintain good mental health.
We continue to drive awareness and education through storytelling and wellbeing training aimed at tackling the stigma that stops people seeking support for their mental health. We also collaborate with prominent external speakers who help us to build a ‘mental health positive’ workplace.
We empower our people to take care of their physical health too. We want our people to be fit and healthy, at home and at work. Recognising that our people have different needs and abilities, we regularly arrange physical challenges for people to opt into as they wish. These challenges are a win-win for the individual health of our employees and our chosen charities.
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at RSM
At RSM, inclusion and diversity are central to our values. We have an authentic focus on intentional inclusion, enabling our people to feel they can bring their whole self to work and ensuring everyone feels supported, respected and confident to make a valuable contribution.
Our culture actively supports individuality and wellbeing, and we make a positive commitment to developing talent and potential, empowering our people to thrive and give their best. We recognise that enabling the diverse experiences, thinking and expertise of our people throughout their careers, whilst fostering a strong sense of belonging and maximising opportunities for collaboration, makes us stronger as a firm. Our culture encourages active allyship, enabling us all to be on the collective journey of inclusion with the support of our employee networks.
We seek to attract and recruit people who reflect the diverse nature of our clients and communities, regardless of age, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, social background, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity or any other equality characteristic. We will, therefore, select candidates based on their knowledge, skills, qualifications, experience and potential only. As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we’ve partnered with a range of organisations to help us deliver our aims, including:
- Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme. Stonewall works with employers to help create inclusive workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) staff
- The Disability Confident scheme, a movement which encourages employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled employees
- RSM is a signatory to the Race at Work Charter at Business in the Community, amplifying our commitment to improving equality of opportunity and prioritising our action on race
- Professional and Business Services Council and support their guide to help companies improve diversity and inclusion Working Families, the UK’s work-life balance charity. RSM is happy to talk about flexible working to help to support everyone’s different circumstances
We manage our business in a way that makes a positive impact on society by supporting charities, communities and the environment. Find out more about RSM's corporate responsibility here.
Through our work with charities such as Leadership Through Sport & Business and Access Accountancy we help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds reach their potential, supporting them to become leaders of the future. We have delivered more than 170 work shadowing programmes and placements under these initiatives and we are pleased that some of these young people are now progressing their careers in permanent roles at RSM.
We’ve sponsored The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for over a decade, helping young people gain the skills to succeed in life and work. We were Headline Diamond Partner for the DofE in its 60th year, and nearly 1,000 of our people took part in the DofE’s Diamond Challenge to raise funds and awareness for the charity.
Since 2015 we have supported Trees for Cities, an independent charity which aims to improve the environment and landscape while creating social cohesion. RSM’s volunteering and financial support has enabled more than 200,000 trees to be planted across the UK.
RSM has also worked with Anthony Nolan, a UK charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders, since 2010. As one of its longest standing partners, our support has resulted in nearly 500 grants for people suffering from blood cancer, 5,000 lifesaving stem cell courier trips and educated hundreds of young people on the importance of joining the bone marrow register.