AICPA Launches New Tools to Help CPA Firms Improve Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

The AICPA has launched two new tools to help CPA firms and organizations expand and enhance their diversity and inclusion efforts. The two tools, the Accounting Inclusion Maturity Model and the Recruitment and Retention Toolkit, are now available online at http://www.aicpa.org/diversity.

The Accounting Inclusion Maturity Model helps firms evaluate their current diversity and inclusion efforts through a thorough online assessment. The Maturity Model consists of more than 100 questions across four key areas of business: work force, workplace, marketplace and community and supplier relations. To provide a complete picture of the organization and its diversity and inclusion efforts, multiple teams across the organization, including human resources, marketing and finance, are encouraged to participate in the assessment. The assessment was developed through a significant amount of research and collaboration with the accounting profession’s leaders on diversity and inclusion and the best practices have been tailored specifically for the profession.

“CPA firms from across the country told us they genuinely want to improve their culture, but often don’t know where to begin. By using these tools, firms can see where their organizations are in terms of diversity and inclusion, and understand the steps they need to take to get them where they want to be,” says Ken Bouyer, Americas director of inclusiveness recruiting at EY and chair of the AICPA national commission on diversity and inclusion.

While the Maturity Model was designed to be completed by CPA firms and organizations with 20 or more CPAs, the model is scalable so that organizations of all sizes will find value in completing it. Once the assessment is completed, firms will receive a report that indicates how they are performing in 13 competencies, including strategy and implementation, performance management, marketing and advertising, and supplier relations.

“As demographics continue to shift in the United States and the share of entrepreneurial capital held by minority-owned businesses rises, it is increasingly obvious that clients and employers of CPAs will expect more diverse workforces,” says AICPA CEO Barry Melancon. “Cultivating a culture that fosters diversity and inclusion is a business imperative.”