About KPMG Global

About KPMG Global

With a worldwide presence, KPMG continues to build on our member firms' successes thanks to our clear vision, maintained values, and our people.

With a worldwide presence, KPMG continues to build on our member firms' successes

KPMG operates as a global network of independent member firms offering audit, tax and advisory services; working closely with clients, helping them to mitigate risks and grasp opportunities.

Member firms' clients include business corporations, governments and public sector agencies and not-for-profit organizations. They look to KPMG for a consistent standard of service based on high order professional capabilities, industry insight and local knowledge.

KPMG member firms can be found in 152 countries. Collectively they employ more than 189,000 people across a range of disciplines.

Sustaining and enhancing the quality of this professional workforce is KPMG's primary objective. Wherever we operate we want our firms to be no less than the professional employers of choice.

We contribute to the effective functioning of international capital markets. We support reforms that strengthen the markets' credibility and their social responsibility. We believe that similar reform must extend to the professional realm.

 

Principal founding members

There were four key figures in the formation of KPMG. They are the founding members of the present organization.

  • Klynveld - Piet Klynveld founded the accounting firm Klynveld Kraayenhof & Co in Amsterdam in 1917.
  • Peat - William Barclay Peat founded the accounting firm Peat & Co in London.
  • Marwick - James Marwick established the accounting firm Marwick, Mitchell & Co in New York City in 1897.
  • Goerdeler - Dr. Reinhard Goerdeler was the first president of the International Federation of Accountants and a chairman of KMG. He is credited with laying the foundations of the Klynveld Main Goerdeler merger.

Structure

Our structure is designed to support consistency of service quality and adherence to agreed values wherever in the world our member firms operate.

Client services are provided by KPMG member firms or by other independent firms licensed by member firms to use the KPMG name. Each KPMG firm is separate and legally distinct. KPMG International does not provide services to clients.

Member firms are located in 152 countries. Collectively, they employ more than 189,000 people.

Our member firms commit themselves to a common set of KPMG values. Firms must abide quality standards governing how they operate and how they provide services to clients. Other firms, licensed by member firms to use the KPMG name, must also abide by these standards.

Each KPMG member firm takes responsibility for its management and the quality of its work. Partners and professionals within those firms undertake to act with integrity at all times.

Unless otherwise indicated, references in this website to a 'member firm' or 'member firms' includes references to member firms of KPMG International, other firms licensed by them to use the KPMG name and, in each case, firms controlled by them.

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