In 2018, SHRM celebrated its 70th birthday with our strongest member growth in history as well as our highest revenue year. But that was not our greatest achievement.

What I am most proud of is how, together, in just 12 months, we have elevated our profession to become the leading voice for workplaces. This was evidenced when our members’ advocacy around sexual harassment and workplace culture brought real change in terms of legislative policies and public awareness. And through our series of national TV ads on today’s most critical workplace issues, our research and thought leadership reached more than 170 million people—greater than 52% of the U.S. population.

This report is filled with examples and testimonials of SHRM accelerating its influence, leadership, advocacy, global reach, public recognition and development of our profession.

It is becoming clear to all: HR is a powerful force for good in society. It is a role and responsibility that we embrace and that will guide us forward as we seek to create better workplaces.

Thank you for choosing SHRM as your career partner, for elevating our profession and for being a critical part of our “Together Forward” movement.


Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

President & CEO

SHRM in 2018

2018 was a phenomenal year. SHRM accelerated its influence, advocacy, public recognition and global impact to over 115 million workers and their families.

Reached the highest membership total in SHRM history with more than 300,000 members, with growth in global, student and enterprise markets.

SHRM’s public policy work moved the needle on important workplace policy at the national and state level, including stopping a one-size-fits-all sick leave mandate in Austin, TX.

Expanded its share of voice on workplace topics to roughly 123 million individuals through its weekly presence in the USA Today newspaper—further positioning SHRM as a thought leader on all things work.

SHRM India’s SHRM HR Tech APAC conference was ranked on the 20 Best HR Conferences of 2018 by Harver.

Launched the SHRM Foundation’s Veterans at Work Certificate Program, equipping HR professionals, hiring managers and front-line supervisors with the knowledge and skills to best manage veteran hires.

Received a record-breaking 25,000+ applications for SHRM certification.

Further led the conversation as an expert, convener and thought leader on pressing workplace issues, including the skills gap and workplace harassment, with a national #WeAreWork series featuring top CHROs in the U.S.

Committed to educating 127,000 HR professionals through the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification programs over the next five years as part of the White House Pledge to America’s Workers.

Uncovered new insight among HR professionals through several original research reports, including one on the hiring of people with criminal backgrounds.

Launched several SHRM specialty credentials to further advance the HR profession, maximize human potential and shape the future of work.

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