Our people are our most important asset and it is our responsibility to help them succeed and thrive in their work. We invest significantly in their training, development and overall health and wellbeing. This commitment has been recognized with the Top Employer certificate for the third consecutive year, and the GreatStart! label which certifies us as an excellent place to start a career as an apprentice.
Lifelong learning: Boosting our people's skills
Our top priority is to equip our people with the skillset needed to give their very best in the workplace and deliver the highest level of quality and solutions for our clients. Our new learning experience platform Degreed attracts 800 users on average per month with more than 50,000 completed learning items since its launch in October 2020. A Digital Skills Academy is freely accessible on the platform to all employees looking to boost their skills in today's key areas such as AI, big data and analytics.
Health & wellbeing: Empowering our people to thrive
The health and wellbeing of our people is a fundamental aspect in ensuring that everyone can reach their full potential. In response to the challenges of COVID-19, we organized free online yoga and boot camp sessions to help our employees stay energized and mindful while working from home. We also offer an employee assistance program, providing our people with free and confidential support in dealing with difficult circumstances affecting life or work. Combining well-being with giving back to the community, this year's flagship "Stay healthy – Move for charity" campaign raised CHF 22,000 for charity with every kilometer or hour our people exercised from April until September, resulting in a total of 166,985 km and 3,330 hours.
Talent attraction & retention: Embracing the "Dare to do" mindset
Since the launch of our employer value proposition "Dare to do" in 2020, we have taken further action to strengthen what we live by, both internally and externally. We introduced our Hybrid Working model, designed to balance the preservation of our unique culture and innovative spirit with purposeled flexibility to work smarter as the goal-posts of the traditional workplace shift. And in April, we hosted our first ever virtual townhall, bringing our firm together, from leaders to new joiners, which left our people with a greater sense of unity and pride. The townhall has been recognized with the Silver Dolphin trophy at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in the category of Human Resources.
Our clients are diverse and to match their ever wider needs, we recruit from a broad range of study programs and areas of expertise. Our recruiting efforts have been recognized as the best in Switzerland among the 3,600 business students surveyed in the 2021 Universum study. We have also been recognized this year for the first time as the overall top recruiter in Switzerland by Best Recruiters.
Inclusion & Diversity: Investing in female leaders and an inclusive culture
We embrace diversity in the workplace. Different backgrounds and diversity of thought help us deliver strong and innovative solutions to our clients. We have set up a number of initiatives to address our three focus areas:
- Female leaders: Increasing female representation at senior leadership and in particular partnership levels
- Work-life fulfillment: Empowering everyone, in particular parents, to successfully reconcile their personal ambitions with their professional aspirations
- Inclusive culture: Creating a work environment where all individuals feel safe and valued.
A better gender balance remains a priority. While we recruit close to 50% women at graduate level, more female than male talents decide to pursue a career outside our firm which leads to an unbalanced gender split at management levels. We recently introduced the I&D Dashboard to monitor the gender split in all HR core processes and prevent potential biases. To empower future female leaders, we also launched our internal mentoring program, Lunch Roulettes to foster cross-functional networking and continued our collaboration with Advance. Further initiatives include the KPMG Network of Women (KNOW) and our newly established KPMG Network of Young Women (KNOW Young), that provide our female workforce the opportunity to learn from role models and enrich their networks. Moreover, all Partners and Directors were invited to workshops on how to lead Inclusion & Diversity, covering inclusive leadership and unconscious bias. A similar online training is available to all our employees on our learning experience platform Degreed.
To help empower our people to speak up when they see something that they feel uncomfortable, we held a number of firm-wide lunch & learn sessions, advising more than 200 participants how to manage sensitive situations in the workplace. We have also intensified collaboration with KPMG's global and local Pride networks to provide a more inclusive environment for all.