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Inclusion & Diversity at KPMG

Inclusion & Diversity at KPMG

Creating an inclusive culture where all our people achieve their potential is fundamental to our business.

Creating a culture where our people achieve their potential is fundamental.

Inclusion and diversity is part of who we are at KPMG. We are committed to inclusivity and diversity across our business - regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, disability or sexual orientation. We are also proud to lead and support a wide range of programmes to help ensure diversity in business. These include celebrating Pride Week, encouraging young womens’ interest in STEM, investing in children’s literature initiatives, promoting skills-development in Sri Lanka, supporting early stage women-led businesses and adding our voice to the campaign for greater diversity at board level in Ireland. For International Women’s Day each year, we reaffirmed our pledge to press for progress, advocate for gender parity and to support the next generation of women leaders. Read about some of the ways we play our part in promoting and celebrating diversity:



Women executives & leadership style

A majority of executive women say they must both change their leadership styles and be more adaptable than their male counterparts in order to lead successfully and advance in their careers, according to a study released by KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax, and advisory firm.

Key findings of the study include:

  • Sixty-six percent say they must change their leadership styles more than their male counterparts as they rise to higher levels within an organisation.
  • Eighty-one percent believe that women must be more adaptable in situations than men in order to lead successfully and advance in their careers.
  • Because of feedback like being “too bossy or demanding,” “not aggressive enough,” “not collaborative enough,” and “too direct,” 58% of women surveyed admit to changing their leadership style to combat such perceptions.
  • Forty-nine percent of executive women identify most with an authentic leadership style but struggle to define how much authenticity is too much. Women executives believe their authenticity must decrease as they rise in the ranks.
  • More than half (58%) of women executives surveyed believe a transformational leadership style is needed to reach the C-Suite.

Find out more about the study on the KPMG Women's Leadership site.

Bold Girls – Bringing strong women to life in children’s literature

Bold Girls

Bringing strong women to life in children’s literature

BOLD GIRLS, a Children’s Books Ireland initiative, supported by KPMG, aims to break down societal barriers and to instil confidence in girls and young women by showcasing strong female characters in children’s books. The campaign includes twenty female Irish authors and illustrators with stories from Ireland and around the globe, featuring pirates, politicians, ponies, polar bears, pilots, princesses and everything in between.

We are delighted to support the BOLD GIRLS initiative as part of our KPMG Family for Literacy (KFFL) programme - founded to help address childhood illiteracy and to create a unique way for our people to contribute to our communities.

Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland, Chupi Sweetman, Founder Chupi Jewellery, Olivia Lynch, Partner KPMG

Going for Growth – encouraging entrepreneurship

The KPMG supported Going for Growth programme supports women owner-managers who have been running their companies for two years or more. The initiative has been designed around peer-led roundtable sessions and KPMG hosted workshops on tax matters, financial performance, funding, legal and data protection.

According to Olivia Lynch, KPMG partner and our lead on the initiative “The approach is based on the principle that people learn best from each other, so the sessions are facilitated by successful entrepreneurs with first-hand experience of owning and managing a business.”

Inclusion & diversity

Executive Speaker Series – promoting inclusion and diversity

Creating an inclusive culture where all our people achieve their potential is fundamental to our business. We believe that diverse teams better reflect the varied nature of our clients’ businesses. We promote inclusion and diversity in our workplaces through dedicated events with inspirational speakers as part of the KPMG Executive Speaker Series.

Speakers have included Lady Chanelle McCoy, co-founder of Chanelle Medical; Marissa Carter, founder of Cocoa Brown; Margot Slattery, Country President of Sodexo Ireland Gavan Hennigan an extreme endurance athlete, TV & radio broadcast journalist Miriam O’Callaghan and Former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese and Welsh international rugby union referee Nigel Owens MBE.

30% Club Ireland

We are a founding member of the 30% Club in Ireland, an initiative focused on achieving a minimum of 30% female participation at board level. Gender balance on boards not only encourages better leadership and governance - diversity further contributes to better all-round board performance, and ultimately increased corporate performance for both companies and their shareholders.

KPMG’s involvement is led by our Partner Darina Barrett who outlines the importance of the initiative saying “While progress is being made in Irish businesses, we have long known that women are underrepresented at board level. A bottleneck remains for women at executive committee level and various barriers must be overcome if women are to advance in Irish business. Measures such as monitoring and openly reporting the progress of women in organisations may help to encourage a process of change.”

30% Club Ireland

Diversity Charter Ireland

KPMG is proud to support the Diversity Charter Ireland. In signing this charter, organisations in Ireland join their counterparts across Europe in publically stating their commitment to inclusion and diversity.

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