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
Uncovering Best Practices from the 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.
Listen to Bonnie Talk About the Accounting MOVE Project on DEI One-on One
Now in its 14th year, MOVE is providing participating firms data on how to recruit, retain, develop, and advance talent in today’s tumultuous environment where fewer people are entering the profession, and many are deciding to leave it for greener pastures. Bonnie discussed the lessons learned from the 2022 MOVE report and what is in store for 2023.
2022 Best CPA Firms for Women
In alphabetical order
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.
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.
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.
Leadership, management and technical training and development, especially operating positions that involve profit and loss responsibility – key for rising to top leadership.
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.
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.