Article courtesy of EY
At Ernst & Young LLP (EY US), diversity, equity and inclusion are core to who we are. They are essential elements of our history and run deep in our DNA. For EY US, it’s personal.
In the 1880s, Arthur Young completed his legal studies and began his career as a lawyer. Arthur was deaf and had low vision, and despite his strong competence and work ethic, his personal circumstances proved to be insurmountable obstacles to his success as a lawyer. Undeterred by the differences that held him back as a lawyer, Arthur leveraged his talents to become an entrepreneur and a founder of the modern accounting profession. He valued differences as strengths not weaknesses.
Arthur Young helped to build the foundation for diversity, equity and inclusion, and later, those principles were further strengthened when Arthur Young combined with Ernst & Whinney, a firm recognized as one of the first to hire a Black partner in the 1970s.
In tribute to our founders, we remain committed to building diverse teams across a broad range of differences, while also fostering an environment where differences are valued, practices are equitable, and everyone experiences a sense of belonging.
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