In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, among others, FTI Consulting’s Executive Committee felt it was critical that we collectively pause and reflect on the impact of the events. We considered the powerful emotions surrounding these tragedies and engaged our people in transparent and open discussions about ways we can accelerate diversity and inclusion within the firm. We also discussed how we can unite and use our collective expertise to make a difference in the world more broadly.
In June 2020, FTI Consulting’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Gunby, invited all employees across the firm to participate in small, meaningful group discussions. The goals of the discussions were for employees to openly share their personal stories, how they were feeling and to brainstorm ways to keep the rich dialogue alive and drive concrete actions going forward. Over the course of three weeks, 33 group discussions took place, with at least one member from the firm’s Executive Committee in attendance. The smaller groups allowed for a deeper, more candid engagement. Employees shared personal stories about their family members, shared ideas on policies, trainings and initiatives that could be implemented across the firm, and discussed ways they could leverage their unique skillsets to support equality and justice in the communities in which we do business through firm-sponsored pro bono services and volunteering.
Nearly 500 professionals from across the globe joined the small group discussions. Inspired by the ideas our people shared in these forums — along with individual conversations with our Diversity Ambassadors, external benchmarking and discussions with experts — the Executive Committee issued a bold action for change one month later. In July 2020, the firm introduced our action plan to turbocharge the firm’s Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging initiatives, which was centered around four pillars to enhance the recruiting, retention and development of underrepresented minorities and included increasing investment, accountability and support.
“I am proud of the work that many of our colleagues around the globe have done over many years to make our culture more diverse and inclusive, but now I think we are poised to lead in this area with programs, investments and partnerships that make a difference. This initiative, fully supported by our Executive Committee, has accelerated and deepened our commitment to making meaningful change within our firm and in the world at large.”Raoul Bhavnani
Senior Managing Director, Strategic Communications