Together We Thrive, as an ESOP Company

Charting the course to our resilient future.

Building on a People-First Legacy

With a changing industry and professional landscape, BDO sought a new business model to fuel continued quality, growth, investment and long-term sustainability for our resilient future. In 2023 we established an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), boldly embracing transformational change and our purpose of helping people thrive every day. 

We are proud to be the first large accounting and advisory organization to establish an ESOP — one of the largest in the nation. A qualified retirement plan established as a trust for the benefit of its participants, the ESOP provides participating BDO professionals a stake in the firm’s success through beneficial ownership and a unique opportunity to enhance their financial well-being. For our firm, the ESOP is an innovative strategy that embodies our people-first, purpose-driven culture and nurtures a resilient and enduring business for generations to come. 

As an ESOP company, together we thrive. Together, we are focused on delivering exceptional and sustainable outcomes and value for our people, our clients, and our communities.


By investing in the strength of our culture, the resilience of our business and the future of our planet, we will continue to serve our clients to be able to care for our people and help drive equity well into the future. 

Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO USA
The Leadership Files | Accounting Today

ESOP Fundamentals

Learn more about the benefits of being an ESOP company. 

Today’s talented professionals have many options in choosing where to start and build their careers. BDO has long been distinguished by a culture which puts people first with a commitment to thriving together. The ESOP is unique and innovative in our profession and supports our goal to be an employer of choice.

Cathy Moy
Chief People Officer

Join us at BDO, where you will find more than a careerYou’ll find a place where your work is impactful, and you are valued for your individuality. 

Media Coverage

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BDO Capital’s ESOP Advisory Services for Clients

Is an ESOP the right fit for your business? Our advisors can help you better understand how an ESOP works and if it is a strategy that aligns with your organization’s vision and goals. 

Insights to Guide Your ESOP Journey

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Thriving Together: The ESOP Advantage Podcast

Tune into the podcast to hear BDO leaders share their insights on the transformative impact of ESOPs.

ESOP Webcast Series

Join BDO Capital Advisors' webcast to learn how an ESOP may benefit your business, your employees, and your succession planning goals.

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