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The Accounting MOVE Project translates the business case for advancing women and people of color to business results by delivering accounting and advisory firms the most comprehensive data and guidance on finding, retaining, developing and advancing diverse talent.

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What is the Accounting MOVE Project?

The Accounting MOVE Project is the only annual benchmarking research and advocacy report that equips accounting and advisory firms to detect, develop and drive competitive advantages from diversity initiatives and trends.

How Does MOVE work?

MOVE measures both demographic data and workplace culture to understand what works now, in today’s economy, to advance women and other underrepresented groups in firm leadership. Our research supports:

  • Advocacy for women, including women of color

  • In-depth reports released directly and through publishing partners

  • Presentations and events where women and employers can share insights

  • Confidential Snapshots and Scorecards that challenge participating employers to do more of what already works to advance women and diverse staff, and to address practices and culture that hold women and diverse staff back

  • The annual “Best CPA Firms for Women” and “Best CPA Firms for Equity Leadership” lists, released each October by the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance

2022 Accounting MOVE Project Report

Short Horizons Drive Long-term Success

In the "career-fluid" era, firms, professionals and clients increasingly remix workload, time, place and pay in smaller bites to support sustainable growth for all.

Many CPA firms shifted years ago to incorporate advisory services as a second pillar, only to find their meticulous growth designs upended by the chaos, urgency, and inescapable risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, expectations have re-oriented around the permanent reality of hybrid work, empowered employees, and continual economic and societal shocks. 

2022 Best CPA Firms for Women

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2022 Best CPA Firms for Equity Leadership

In descending order of percentage of women partners & principals. To qualify, women must comprise at least 31% of a firm’s partners and principals.

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What does MOVE mean?

The MOVE methodology has been used since 1998 when Joanne Cleaver developed it to support Working Woman magazine’s first “Top 25 Companies for Executive Women” list.

m = money

Pay equity programs, analysis and measurement. MOVE is not a salary survey but does examine how employers hold managers accountable for pay equity, and how employers address equity gaps.

0 = opportunity

Leadership, management and technical training and development, especially operating positions that involve profit and loss responsibility – key for rising to top leadership.

v = vital supports

Flexible work practices are only effective when they drive business results. MOVE examines not just the existence of programs such as telecommuting, wellness and dependent care benefits, but also how they directly support productivity and business results.

e = entrepreneurship

Hands-on business development and supplier diversity demonstrate a company’s investment in the business-building skills of its women employees and women-owned businesses.

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Accounting MOVE Project Supporting Partners