Corporate responsibility

Corporate responsibility

We strive to make a positive contribution to our clients, our people, communities and the environment.

We strive to make a positive contribution to our clients, communities and the environment.

Our sustainability strategy

We identified three key sustainability themes that represent the focus areas of our sustainability program, which is aligned with our purpose, values and strategy and is linked closely with KPMG’s global sustainability strategy.

  • Carbon footprint reduction: KPMG is determined to play its part and take measures to reduce our carbon footprint, focusing on the biggest negative contributor: mobility.
  • Workplace of the future: Covid-19, climate change and socio-economic shifts are reshaping how we work together in the future. We will continue to develop our strength as an employer of choice by promoting our employer value proposition and core values.
  • Innovation: To deal with the scope and speed of change, we need to be agile. Innovation is the central enabler for this. With key initiatives like KPMG Innova, we can identify areas of growth and targeted innovation, where accelerating digitalization will develop solutions with lasting value.

Clients

Our efforts to ensure auditor independence, protect the confidentiality and privacy of the information entrusted to us and comply with laws, regulations and professional standards lay the foundation for the trust our clients place in us.

Digitalization, new technologies, the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, geopolitical shifts and changed values are shaping our future and represent the key challenges facing corporations in the future. We help our clients manage risks and seize any opportunities that arise as a result of this transition; one example of this is our ongoing investments in digital solutions and sustainability services. Indeed, KPMG’s global ESG plan includes a more than USD 1.5 billion investment over the next three years to focus on our ESG change agenda — designed to help member firms make a positive difference all around the globe. 

People

Our enormous ethnic and cultural diversity is illustrated by our employees with 55 nationalities. As an equal opportunity employer, we are also convinced that diverse and inclusive teams create qualitatively better outcomes as they allow for improved decision-making, promote creativity and innovation, better meet the needs of clients and society and are more motivational for our employees.

Our employees benefit from a combination of thorough internal training, on-the-job coaching and digital learning. Besides well-established classroom training to practice specific skills, a wide range of digital learning content focused on role-specific and future skills is made available to employees of all levels to help them transition to the digital world and be prepared for the future. We also support both short- and long-term internal job changes that improve and promote multidisciplinary collaboration.

Community and environment

At the end of 2020, KPMG Global announced its target of becoming a net zero carbon organization by 2030. The Swiss firm supports this global initiative by committing to the climate-related targets above. This year, we made significant progress toward the implementation of these ambitions by establishing our environmental policy, revising our travel policy to require all non-chargeable, non-client-related travel to be pre-approved or establishing an annual “carbon budget” for air travel at firm level; this budget is broken down by Function and monitored by the Function’s leaders.

In line with KPMG Global’s “10by30” strategy to economically empower 10 million disadvantaged young people by 2030 through education, employment and entrepreneurship, we increased our direct community investment even further and launched a new volunteering program. In addition, via the KPMG Foundation, we continue to pursue positive change beyond our core business and support innovative projects in the areas of education as well as the integration of people with special needs, socially disadvantaged people and people in distress.

EcoVadis Certification

EcoVadis is a leading social responsibility rating organization. For 2021, we have been awarded a silver medal with 54 out of 100 points. We are committed to continuously improving our score by developing our corporate responsibility program. You can find out more about how we recognize responsibility in the following overview.

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Sustainability Report

Being transparent about who we are and what we do is essential to building trust in our relationships. Our Sustainability Reports presents KPMG Switzerland´s approach to sustainability and provides insights on our impact on our people, our clients, society and the environment.