Provide our people and stakeholders with a safe and fair environment where they are happy, and foster opportunities for them to be fulfilled in their professional and personal development so that they can contribute positively to society.
For KPMG Belgium, education is one of the main pillars of our Corporate Responsibility (CR) strategy for the coming years. We work with the wider community to offer innovative coaching and mentoring programs and participate in global partnerships that help build skills, learning and progress across a lifetime. By embracing our role as educators, we are making an important contribution towards the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goal 4; to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education.
The skills, knowledge and capabilities of our people are central to our success. That’s why we’re fully committed to developing a continuous learning culture – one where every experience adds to the professional confidence of our employees, building their individual career capital.
Through state-of-the-art technologies and alliances with third-parties, our employees are given the opportunity – and the encouragement – to expand their business knowledge and receive additional support, whenever and wherever they need it. Moreover, our KPMG Business School offers access to the latest technical, business and leadership skills development.
From the moment an employee joins us, they’ll have a personal development plan tailored to their individual needs and ambitions. This plan incorporates a powerful combination of technical training, coaching and mentoring, industry secondments and skill-building programs. And what’s more, our learning and development program is geared towards nurturing future leaders who are committed to making a difference in society.
At KPMG, we believe that if we work together we can make a bigger positive impact on society as a whole. This is why we prioritize and invest heavily in partnerships ranging from cancer research and supporting the UN’s SDG to supporting youth in their evolution towards socially responsible leaders.
Enactus Belgium was officially launched in 2018 and we are very proud to be one of its founding partners. The objective is clear: inspire the next generation and give them the opportunity to make a real difference in their communities, while they develop the skills that will enable them to become the next generation of socially responsible business leaders.
At KPMG we aim to inspire and empower, and we want to give students and our employees the opportunity to support each other in the development of their talents and leaderships skills while contributing positively to society.
We also work closely with YouthStart to develop the talents and entrepreneurial skills of opportunity-seeking youth and young adults. As a sponsor of YouthStart we also have the opportunity to be a part of the jury at the certification ceremony where we can further share our insights, an exciting moment for the young adults as well as for the trainers and the jury members.
We are also very proud on our participation with and sponsorship of MyMachine – an internationally recognized, Flanders based organization bridging the creative thinking of young dreamers with the design and technical knowledge of higher education students – to turning the incredibly imaginatives ideas – into reality.
In addition to the above partnerships, we also support initiatives such as Bizidee and Business Pass, guiding and challenging candidates in their business and/or financial plans.
Certain parts of our business come with highly volatile working hours and frequently tight deadlines. As we have a relatively young workforce, balancing both can be challenging. This is why work-life balance and, more broadly speaking vitality, is a key topic in our strategy.
We believe that this well-being does not only depend on the professional development of our people but also on fulfilled personal lives. Our investment in our people is not just limited to additional training and development opportunities. We also want our people to be happy, healthy and fulfilled.
We understand that our people occasionally need the freedom to work from home; not only to be able to concentrate better, but also to manage their work-life balance. This is why we foresee different possibilities when it comes to working remotely.
At KPMG we believe our people are extraordinary. We believe their health, happiness and feeling of team spirit is vital to their and our success. Sports is not only healthy but it encourages perseverance beyond boundaries, unity towards a common goal and simply having fun together. That is why we have developed our sports and vitality program at KPMG centered on the following activities:
In 2017 we also launched the KPMG Corporate Vitality Program. The program focusses on creating awareness around productivity and stress at work while maintaining a healthy workplace and lifestyle. The program is composed of different workshops (one-off workshops, a set of weekly workshops during a period of 4 to 6 weeks and full day workshops) and covers topics such as food, sleep, fitness and stress.
Our commitment to our people’s health is further reflected in our partnership with the 1000km-run and 100km-run voor Kom op tegen Kanker where we support the fight against cancer while motivating our people to positively contribute to the community and society as a whole.
Our commitment to being inclusive isn't a tactic. It's a belief, a celebration of difference, and a moral imperative. It's how we work and who we are.
To work at KPMG is to see the world differently, through many different perspectives and with a truly collaborative spirit. We empower our people to be themselves and respect others – it is core to our values and what we believe in. This inclusiveness is something we have lived and breathed throughout our history. In short, we are the sum of our people and their stories. It’s who we are.
To support this purpose we’ve created an Inclusion and Diversity program with 5 work streams looking at gender, culture, sexuality, ability and age. Each community has taken it upon themselves to inspire bold inclusion and empowered change within our firm. Our goal is to create a workplace wherein we all feel comfortable and supported by our KPMG community. Because our people are extraordinary, and we want to ensure they have the environment that allows them to be at their best. Other initiatives include the Network of Women, a mentorship program and other upcoming events linked to inclusion and diversity within our community.
In everything that we do, be it from our development programs, our sports & vitality initiatives or our mobility plan, we strive to be a place where people love to work. We are therefore pleased to announce that in 2019, KPMG is once again chosen as one of the best employers in our country, the so-called group of "Top Employers”. The Top Employer Institute conducts an independent survey each year, where only 65 Belgian employers made it through the certification procedure this time around. The results offer insights into various aspects of HR policy, ranging from salary and benefits to training and development.
KPMG continuously strives to improve working conditions for its employees and to nurture talent in all phases of an employee's career. Innovative solutions and flexible remuneration plans that help employees to determine and follow their preferred way of working are an integral part of this strategy.
Koen Maerevoet, CEO of KPMG in Belgium, is delighted with the nomination: "Our employees are the key to our success; KPMG's brand name is no stronger than the people we rely on. Since our aim is to present the best possible people to our clients, both now and in the future, finding and retaining the best talent remains an ongoing challenge. In a world that is becoming ever more global and digital by the minute, we will continue to seek out a wide range of talented individuals and profiles. More specifically, we are not only looking for people with an economic, fiscal, or legal background but – more than ever before – technologically trained specialists in fields such as data and artificial intelligence. Social and political developments such as Brexit and the escalation of trade conflicts are also motivating us to recruit more experts in areas such as customs legislation."
KPMG is also investing in the work environment and mobility of its employees: "Last year we moved to new offices in Zaventem, Antwerp-Berchem and Hasselt. Our mobility plan, which provides our employees with an incentive of 5 euros per day to travel to the office or to a client via alternative means of transport, is also bearing fruit. In 12 months, the workforce as a whole has traveled 1,65 million kilometers fewer by car, which contributes significantly to reducing traffic jams in our country and cutting CO2 emissions by over 170 tons.”