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Sustainable procurement at KPMG

Sustainable procurement at KPMG in the UK

KPMG’s sustainable procurement in action – focused on the environment, social mobility, inclusion and diversity.

Rachel Hopcroft

Head of Corporate Affairs

KPMG in the UK


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KPMG in the UK is committed to sustainable procurement practices. Our supplier code of conduct, which sets out our expectations of our suppliers, is underpinned by the ten principles of the UN Global Compact.

There are currently 50 suppliers signed up to our sustainable procurement programme, which focuses on three key pillars of activity in support of our responsible business agenda: the environment, social mobility, inclusion and diversity.

We run a series of supplier events throughout the year to drive collaboration and action on our focus areas.


KPMG in the UK was the first of the leading accountancy firms to report to CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), the international not-for-profit organisation that provides a global system for measuring, disclosing, and managing environmental information.

We are a CDP supply chain programme Partner and we engage with suppliers to encourage improvement in disclosure and performance.

By 2020, 80% of KPMG in the UK’s strategic suppliers will be reporting their scope 1 and/or scope 2 emissions and report emissions reductions. KPMG aims to work with strategic suppliers to deliver two emissions reduction collaboration projects each year.

Social Mobility

KPMG in the UK is a Principal Partner of the Living Wage Foundation and we’re proud to be an accredited Living Wage Employer, supporting fair pay at work. Within the sustainable procurement programme, we encourage our suppliers to pursue accreditation and recognise the increasing importance of Living Wage in society and the business benefits it can achieve. It drives motivation and proactivity, which in turn delivers great client service and enhances brand reputation. Living Wage also delivers value through lower recruitment churn, reduced absenteeism and better performance. We also engage our supply chain around numeracy, literacy and lifelong learning initiatives.

Diversity and inclusion

We work with our strategic supply base to support our publicly announced KPMG diversity profile. We’re tackling the lack of opportunity for disadvantaged groups – in terms of gender, ethnicity and sexuality – and also the same issue of diversity among our suppliers.

Sustainable procurement collaboration portal

Through our Sustainable Procurement collaboration portal, we communicate and engage regularly with the suppliers in our programme. The newly launched portal creates a single platform enabling programme members to:

  • Access a wealth of materials;
  • Share best practice via a library of case studies;
  • Make business to business connections with sustainability and procurement peers alike; and
  • Keep up-to-date with KPMG's strategy and progress across the key areas of the programme.

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