RSM Richter

RSM Richter

May 01, 2008 10:09 ET

Giving "Counts" for Over 300 RSM Richter Employees

Montreal Accounting Firm Shows How One Day Can Make a Difference

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - Usually when a company wins an award, they find a way to celebrate that includes perhaps a fine dinner or gifts to those involved. At RSM Richter, in recognition of being named one of Montreal's Top 15 Employers, and in keeping with its 82-year history of social awareness, over 300 employees will be giving back to the community by helping various social organizations.

On June 4, RSM Richter will hold its first Community Day during which six local organizations, including Fondation Marie-Enfant, Elizabeth House, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Montreal, Moisson Montreal, Peter Hall School and Heritage Laurentien will welcome RSM Richter staff equipped with paint brushes, shovels, books, helping hands, big smiles, and much more!

Although organizing such an all-inclusive event, which effectively shuts down the Montreal office for the day, is not typical for most accounting firms, RSM Richter was looking for a celebration of its award which better reflected its values of social engagement. Following senior management's announcement that the entire workforce would be dedicated to community work for a full work day, twenty-seven volunteers from all levels of the firm started the ball rolling. They began coordinating the Day's activities; entertainment for children and adults living with difficulties, renovations, tree-planting and other good deeds.

"This initiative has taken on a life of its own: it's now as much about leadership as it is about giving back to our community. Our volunteers have turned this project upside down with many junior staff leading the way, directing more senior employees on how and where to lend a hand," stated Stephen Rosenhek, co-Managing Partner.

"Accounting is a demanding profession and employees don't always have the opportunity to give back to society as much as we, as individuals, might like. So we strongly believe that in addition to our long-standing philanthropic commitments, it's our responsibility to provide our employees with the means to help their community. To be out in the community doing good work is its own reward!" adds Robert Zittrer, co-Managing Partner.

The organization of such an important day is directly linked to the culture and leadership of the firm. At RSM Richter, there is an emphasis on continual professional and personal support of employees, and as a mid-sized firm, its size facilitates greater contact between junior and senior staff. The firm's focus on social responsibility also contributes towards creating an environment for employees to learn and grow professionally as well as personally. Activities such as Community Day can not only make a significant difference to society, but by involving all the RSM Richter staff, are excellent for employee morale and for developing team spirit

About RSM Richter

RSM Richter is one of Canada's largest independent accounting and business advisory firms. Founded in 1926, RSM Richter provides audit, tax and financial advisory services such as corporate restructuring, business valuation, corporate finance and insolvency. RSM Richter has full-service offices in Montreal, Toronto and Calgary.

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