Will Deloitte’s Work With Customs and Border Patrol Drive Employees From the Firm?

Our friends over at Fishbowl recently surveyed their users to find out if Green Dotters might be driven away due to Deloitte’s work on behalf of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and we’d like to share it with you. First, let’s get you caught up on the sitch if you’re out of the loop. As previously reported, employees at the firm circulated a petition last year requesting the firm sever its consulting relationship with both CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) citing “moral objections.” At that time, then CEO Cathy Engelbert thanked employees for their candor in an emailed response. “We often talk about fostering courageous conversations,” she said. “That is what our culture of courage is all about.” No mention was made of the firm ending its relationship with immigration agencies.

Last month, Popular Information looked deep into Deloitte’s “secret contracts” with CBP and ICE, securing an email distributed to employees assuring them the firm’s consulting work with these agencies is “consistent with our firm’s values” (included below):

Given recent speculation by media and advocacy groups regarding contracts held by a number of consulting firms, ours included, Matt and I wanted to share our perspectives on the portfolio of work performed by our Borders, Trade and Immigration (BTI) account…BTI encompasses Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)…Our BTI team deploys hundreds of practitioners who proudly serve or have served to help facilitate trade, support immigration benefits, assist our clients in preventing and responding swiftly to terrorist incidents, thwart drug smuggling, human trafficking, and transnational organized crime, and launch travel programs that serve the public. We are proud of the work we do, and equally proud of the manner with which we have selected and will continue to select our projects to be consistent with our firm’s values.

Do employees agree? Let’s look at the Fishbowl survey to find out.

Does Deloitte’s work on behalf of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) affect whether you plan to stay at the company? Deloitte employees could answer with A.) Yes, B.) No, or C.) Maybe.
Here’s what we found:
  • 1,216 Deloitte employees answered the survey question. 1,034 are consultants and 182 are accountants.
  • 1/3 of Deloitte employees answered the survey question with either ‘Yes’ or ‘Maybe.’
  • 35.4% of Deloitte consultants answered with either ‘Yes’ or ‘Maybe’ versus 19.8% of Deloitte accountants.
YesNoMaybeTotal ResponsesYes %No %Maybe %
Img credit: Fishbowl

Deloitte’s contracts with ICE and CBP are worth $104 million and $177 million, respectively.

Alright, this is the point in the article where I shut up and you drop your opinions below. Have any of your clients made you reconsider your gainful employment? Thoughts on the survey? Bloviating comments about controversial consulting work? Have at it.

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