People are our most important asset. This is reflected in the KPMG culture which encourages everyone to reach their full potential. To attract and retain talent and deliver exceptional solutions to our clients, we have made significant investments in recruitment, learning and development and gender equality in the past financial year. We’re proud that our efforts have been recognized: We’re a Top Employer and Best Recruiter in our industry in Switzerland, both for the second consecutive year.
The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the focus on health and flexible working. When Switzerland went into lockdown, our firm was fully prepared to go digital and work remotely. Our priorities were clear: protect our people’s health and safety while providing the best possible service to our clients.
Cultivating a culture of lifelong learning is a key focus area as we continue to make significant investments in upskilling and reskilling our people. This year, we launched our Digital Skills Academy. Freely accessible to all employees, it features a wide range of courses on current and future trends such as AI, blockchain and data science. The academy is part of a new, state-of-the-art online learning platform providing our people with individualized content that is relevant and beneficial to their role.
Our significant and ongoing investment in lifelong learning equips our people with the diverse and digital skillsets they need to succeed in the workplace of today and tomorrow. This, combined with the latest industry knowledge, translates into the highest level of quality and insights for our clients.
KPMG’s employer value proposition is built around the maxim “Dare to do”. It’s about empowering our people to adopt a courageous, innovative mindset in an environment that benefits our people, clients and communities.
To attract talented people from diverse professional backgrounds we also launched a new career website as well as a dedicated career site for STEM profiles. We’ve also set up a Next Gen Board to facilitate exchange between the Executive Committee and young KPMG professionals.
Promoting an inclusive and diverse culture remains a strategic priority at KPMG Switzerland. Different backgrounds and mindsets help us understand our clients’ needs and provide them with the right solutions.
A gender-diverse workforce is an essential piece of this bigger picture. While at junior levels, gender distribution is close to 50% at KPMG, we want to increase female representation at senior levels. Various programs are in place to support this aim, including the KPMG Network of Women (KNOW), which supports women in management roles through dialogue and networking events. We are also planning to launch a firm-wide mentoring program to foster the development of future female leaders. This will complement various existing workshops and training as part of our commitment to strong and effective leadership across the firm.
The health and wellbeing of our people is a fundamental aspect in ensuring that everyone can reach their full potential. We are proud to have successfully run our “Stay healthy – Move for charity” campaign once again this year despite the coronavirus crisis. During the 20-week campaign, participants clocked up an impressive 172,893 kilometers by running, walking, swimming, cycling or hiking – and raised funds for charity in the process.