Our team is diverse – it makes us stronger. That's why we focus on creating an inclusive environment where our people can thrive both as professionals and as individuals. This includes investing in their skills and knowledge, making sure that our employees feel good, both physically and mentally, by providing support, and encouraging employees to lead and engage in some initiatives that address various aspects of sustainability in the environment and society in which we live.
As the main value of KPMG in Latvia is its employees it is important that they feel good not only in the work environment but also outside of it.
All our strivings for health and well-being of our employees are underpinned by our motive #StayActive. Employees of KPMG in Latvia are encouraged to bring various sports activities into their daily routines - to go to the office by bicycle, use the stairs instead of the elevator, go for a run or spend time on their favorite sports. To make it easier to lead an active lifestyle KPMG in Latvia offers its employees the opportunity to attend group classes for free, KPMG teams beach volleyball practice, and challenges where employees compete in running, cycling or long-distance walking – in both athlete and amateur disciplines. It has been our regular practice to take part in Riga Marathon for years and by now we have already covered a distance equal to the way to London and back.
Moreover, in summer, employees of KPMG in Latvia can work short Fridays (four-hour working days) to fully enjoy summer – to go to the nature, focus on sports activities or simply relax.
KPMG is aware that our mental health includes our psychological, emotional and social well-being. This means that it affects how we feel, think and behave every day. Our mental health also contributes to our decision-making process, how we deal with stress, and how we relate to others in our lives.
KPMG in Latvia offers all employees webinars and training courses on mental health. In addition to practical training in the areas required for the job, we offer colleagues to listen to experts on mental health, motivation and personal well-being. This is especially important during a pandemic, when we strengthen the team spirit and the mental health of each colleague, both in our daily work and in the form of remote lectures. Employees have access to health insurance, which also covers mental health care services.
To work at KPMG is to see the world differently, through many different perspectives and with a truly collaborative spirit. We empower our people to be themselves and respect others – it’s core to our values and what we believe in. We believe in a future where everyone feels included, no matter the age, race, beliefs, sexual orientation or gender.
We are among the first companies in the country to join and sign the Latvian Diversity Charter. It is a voluntary agreement aimed at promoting respect and inclusion in the workplace. KPMG was represented at the event by partner Evija Sturca: “We at KPMG are aware that the diversity of the people in our team is one of the success factors that lubricates our business and growth.”
KPMG in Latvia has a bookcase where one can find interesting and educational books that, after reading, can be returned to the bookcase for others to read. The aim of this initiative is to increase the knowledge of employees, while thinking about saving natural resources. The company invests in new and very engaging reading material every month and the employees themselves are also encouraged to supplement the bookcase with books they have read which they think would be useful or interesting to other colleagues as well. Thus, our books gain not only a second but also a third life and maybe even more.
KPMG holds annual charity auctions in which KPMG employees auction their own gifts to other colleagues, from healthy sweets to equestrian trainings. The proceeds of the auction are donated to charity – to one of KPMG's priority areas of corporate responsibility.
KPMG's policy - every employee has the opportunity to use three paid working days during the year to engage in any desired corporate responsibility activities. This is the way we promote the involvement of employees in various activities with the aim of improving the social environment, promoting sustainability, as well as taking care of the nature.
KPMG employees have the opportunity to travel and work in other KPMG offices to gain international experience, broaden their horizons, knowledge and skills, and return home to share this new experience not only with our colleagues but also with clients.