Tim Ryan: ‘PwC Stands for Inclusion, Acceptance, Equal Opportunity for All’

PwC’s U.S. chairman and senior partner pens a message to employees regarding the Trump administration’s executive order on immigration.

(Tim Ryan of PwC, No. 5 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies Listtweeted the following message directed at the company’s U.S. team members on January 30)

PwC's Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

Team,

As you have heard, President Trump signed an executive order barring immigrants for 90 days from seven countries.

We’re in the process of evaluating how the executive order impacts our people, and our Global Mobility team is contacting anyone we think may be affected. In addition, we recognize there may be some individuals covered by the executive order that our team cannot identify.

If you have personal questions or concerns, please watch for an update later today from Mike Fenlon, our chief people officer, on the PwC Inside internal homepage. This update will provide more specific guidance on how to get help with your questions. This situation is very fluid and will likely continue to evolve.

I want to thank all those who have reached out to me in the last 48 hours or so sharing your views. I have heard heartbreaking stories of people who had to cancel plans to visit loved ones or have friends who were outside the country when the order was issued and are not able to re-enter. Some have also written simply to share their fear, concern and desire to help those who need help.

I want to reinforce that PwC stands for inclusion, understanding, acceptance and equal opportunity for all … full stop.

We know that talent has no borders and that our firm, our clients, and our country all benefit when people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

I’m asking all of us to be guided by our values, to support each other and to listen and support those who need it. An act of compassion can go a long way. While none of us have all the answers, simply listening and letting someone know you care provides more support than we might understand. One lesson I’ve learned over the past few months is that when there are difficult issues affecting our people, silence isn’t an option.

Team, this is a fast-moving situation. Watch PwC Inside for updates, including one later today.

In the meantime, I ask you to treat each other with care. We are a team that is made stronger by people of different backgrounds, beliefs, cultures and the many other dimensions of diversity. Let’s stand together and keep our focus on the important work that we do and the clients who are depending on us.

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  • William Daniel

    This is a wonderful statement! Thank you, Mr. Ryan, for stepping up to state the ethical commitment of your company to uphold the rights of your employees! We are all either bound by a commitment to equality, or we are peddlers of discord when we abandon that commitment. We must reject fear and hate at all times, especially in our workplaces. Now is time for other corporate leaders to stand up and speak out in favor of acceptance and tolerance of others who are not like ourselves as we are all human.

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