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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

An ongoing quest to be better, together

At Abdo, we are committed to increasing our diversity, providing equitable treatment of each other, and fostering an inclusive environment. Our hope is for all employees to bring their authentic selves to work so we can grow in our knowledge of others and appreciate our differences. We are better together.

Systematic injustice and racism are ongoing issues in our society, and Abdo is firmly committed to ongoing improvement in creating an inclusive workplace where every person feels engaged, appreciated and welcomed.

Our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts are integrated into our hiring and operations practices, plus lead us to valuable partnerships and eye-opening involvement in community initiatives.

Our commitment to DEI

At Abdo, we recognize the need for continuous improvement in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives throughout our firm and the accounting industry at large. We believe that when we understand each other better, we grow better together.

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee looks forward to implementing a full scope of ideas, projects, and initiatives in 2022 and beyond, moving our firm forward through continued learning and community involvement.

We have increased our number of women at the highest leadership level in recent years, with the last four additions to our partner group being female. We strive for continued growth in our ability to attract and retain women and people of color within our firm, and are working towards greater equity and diversity for all within our industry.

Ongoing Initiatives

In order to build a more inclusive work environment, the firm has implemented diversity and inclusion education and has required all employees to attend a series of monthly sessions provided by the Greater Mankato Diversity Council, as well as a series on microaggressions provided by the AICPA.

Abdo Diverse Accounting Scholarship & Internship

As part of Abdo's commitment to diversity, we are honored and excited to offer a diversity scholarship opportunity for the 2022-2023 academic year.

YWCA Mankato Partnership

We are committed to the continued support and advancement of women in our firm and in our communities and one of the ways we do this is through partnership with YWCA Mankato, an organization that is continually empowering women in our communities to enhance their individual strengths and build leadership skills. In 2020, we were proud to be a sponsor of the Elizabeth Kearney Women’s Leadership Program and we continue to be an annual attendee of the Women’s Leadership Conference.

National Association of Black Accountants, Minnesota State University, Mankato Recruitment

For years, we have recruited from Minnesota State University, Mankato for our summer program participants and interns. Recently, we met with the leaders of the newly formed National Association of Black Accountants chapter at Minnesota State University, Mankato and elected to be a sponsor for the 2021–2022 academic year. We believe this partnership is a starting point towards increasing the diversity of our future summer program participants and interns.

Abdo Insights

A behind-the-numbers view of best practices and holistic thinking.

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As the weather takes on a wintry feel here in Minnesota, we’re forced to accept what we’ve been denying for weeks: the end of the year is near. For employers, this means it’s time to think about several tax-related to-dos, including W-2s.