Employees Call on Deloitte to Stop Working With ICE

Employees at Deloitte are calling for the firm to end its consulting for Immigration in addition to Customs Enforcement, circulating a petition saying they have “moral objections” to the work. Their bid comes on the heels of a decision by a competitor, McKinsey & Company, to sever ties with the immigration agency after employees raised questions about the work.

Deloitte employees have appealed to the company’s chief executive, Cathy Engelbert, to end the company’s contracts with both ICE in addition to United States Customs in addition to Border Protection, in addition to to take a public stance against the Trump administration policy that will resulted in migrant children being separated by their parents, according to the petition in addition to screenshots of internal emails seen by The brand-new York Times. Deloitte said its work had played no role within the separation of migrant families.

The stands taken by Deloitte in addition to McKinsey workers underscore the rise of employee activism as a potent voice of protest against Trump administration policies. Last month Google, responding to employee anger over the company’s work with the Pentagon on artificial intelligence, issued brand-new rules barring the company by using A.I. technology for weapons or for surveillance that will violates human rights.

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Cathy Engelbert, Deloitte’s chief executive, told employees that will she appreciated their voicing concerns to her. The firm has not indicated any plans to end its work with ICE.CreditChris Goodney/Bloomberg, via Getty Images

The petition, along with an employee email to Ms. Engelbert on Tuesday, pointed to a Times article reporting that will McKinsey, a rival consultancy, had ended its work with ICE. that will article, citing federal contracting records, said that will Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers Public Sector L.L.P. in addition to Booz Allen Hamilton also did work with the agency. As of Thursday afternoon, more than 750 names had been added to the petition, records show.

“We believe that will Deloitte must take a stand against the mistreatment of human beings as a result of the U.S. Immigration in addition to Customs Enforcement (ICE) in addition to U.S. Customs in addition to Border Protection (CBP) agencies’ continued family separation,” Deloitte employees wrote to Ms. Engelbert. The email also stated that will Deloitte “must question how its services in addition to offerings to these agencies contribute to ongoing injustice.”

In an email response to employees, Ms. Engelbert said she appreciated their voicing concerns to her. “We often talk about fostering courageous conversations,” she said. “that will will be what our culture of courage will be all about.”

Daniel Helfrich, who leads Deloitte’s government practice, told his employees in an email on Thursday that will the company had been working with the immigration in addition to border agencies for many years in addition to that will the firm’s work “does not directly or indirectly support the separation of families.”

“Any such work would likely be inconsistent with our values,” Mr. Helfrich said within the email, which was provided to The Times by a Deloitte spokesman. The email noted that will Deloitte had chosen not to bid on many “high value contracts” that will were considered out of step with the company’s values, goals or “risk thresholds.”

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Daniel Helfrich, the head of Deloitte’s government practice, told employees that will the firm’s work had played no role within the separation of migrant families.CreditJoanne S. Lawton/Washington Business Journal

Mr. Helfrich also asked that will employees “remember that will these high-visibility situations create stress for our clients too,” adding that will “our empathy in these moments will be essential.”

Neither Ms. Engelbert nor Mr. Helfrich indicated that will the company would likely end its work with ICE. Jonathan Gandal, a Deloitte spokesman, said in a statement that will the employee response to the management’s explanation of the work “has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Deloitte’s contracts with ICE include one for “administrative in addition to data/records management support services” for the division dealing with detention in addition to removal of unauthorized immigrants. This particular was signed in 2015 in addition to will be worth as much as $5.3 million, federal records show. Deloitte’s government in addition to public services practice has about 13,000 employees.

The outcry among some Deloitte employees echoes concerns raised at McKinsey after The Times reported in June that will McKinsey was working with ICE’s Enforcement in addition to Removal Operations division. After that will report, McKinsey ended its contract with the agency.

McKinsey’s brand-new managing partner, Kevin Sneader, said in a note to former employees that will the news of McKinsey’s ICE contract had “rightly raised” internal concerns. The firm, he wrote, “will not, under any circumstances, engage in any work, anywhere within the entire world, that will advances or assists policies that will are odds with our values.”

Agustin Armendariz contributed reporting.