International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of KPMG and each year we celebrate IWD with numerous activities including our Executive Speakers Series, where we invite inspirational women to speak about their achievements to our people. This year, we are delighted to host well known authors, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, of the much-loved Aisling character and the popular Facebook page ’Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling’. In 2018 the Aisling novels were the biggest Irish success story with over a quarter of a million copies sold to date.
We are proud to lead and support a wide range of women’s initiatives which advocate for gender parity and to support the next generation of women leaders
We promote inclusion and diversity in our workplaces through dedicated events with inspirational speakers as part of the KPMG Executive Speaker Series. Previous speakers include Former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, Lady Chanelle McCoy, co-founder of Chanelle Medical; Marissa Carter, founder of Cocoa Brown; Margot Slattery, Country President of Sodexo Ireland and broadcast journalist Miriam O’Callaghan.
Supported by KPMG, the initiative encourages Irish women to grow their business and offers a highly successful mentoring programme. The campaign, which began in 2007, is designed to support women owners or managers of a business in Ireland. All of the past participants have reported a considerable growth in their businesses and many credit Going for Growth for their success.
20x20, a KPMG supported national movement to champion girls and women in sport is the first initiative of its kind in Ireland. 20x20 was created by Along Came A Spider and presented by The Federation of Irish Sport with the active support of Ireland’s national sporting governing bodies. The aim is to create a measurable cultural shift in society through a 20% increase in participation, media coverage and attendance in women’s sport by the end of 2020.
We’re proud supporters of the Dublin Senior Ladies Gaelic football team. Our investment will help fund the development and progress of Dublin Ladies Gaelic football – already one of the great sporting success stories in the country. The Dublin Senior Ladies Gaelic Football team are reigning All-Ireland Champions and our KPMG colleague Sinéad Aherne is the current team captain.
We are proud to support Irish golfer Leona Maguire on her quest for success on the LPGA Tour. KPMG are committed to investing in young Irish talent in a range of areas and encouraging exceptional people to fulfil their potential. The KPMG women’s golf programme saw an uptake of 96 Irish staff participants in 2019 including 84 beginners who completed 60 weeks of lessons in total.
KPMG are partnered with Children’s Books Ireland to support their BOLD GIRLS Initiative, creating innovative workshops based on women who changed history thus encouraging young girls to achieve their ambitions. The BOLD GIRLS workshops aim to break down societal barriers and to instil confidence in girls by showing them female characters in children’s books with passion, power and opinions.
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.