We are a people business and being able to connect the dots, bringing the right people — together with the right technology — to the table is our greatest asset. In a rapidly changing environment, strong relationships and connectivity are needed now more than ever.
At KPMG, we’re committed to creating a caring, inclusive, and purpose-led, values-driven culture, and providing our people with opportunities to grow — while tapping into their passion to do work that matters.
As we reimagine the future of work, KPMG has worked across regions to develop a set of globally consistent principles that offer flexibility and guide our teams as we adopt hybrid ways of working.
Upskilling our talent
All of our people will receive ESG training that is aligned to a learning framework developed in partnership with the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.
To encourage our people to tap into their true potential and passion, we continue to invest in learning, including firmwide ESG and digital & data training, to ensure we foster a culture where continued learning prevails.
Global Head of People
Empowering the next generation
One of the ways we empower our people to make their mark is through our Next Generation Council (NGC) — a future leaders’ program. The NGC of emerging leaders from across the globe, works with KPMG’s global leadership team to challenge and inform business decisions — providing perspectives and candid insights gained from on-the-ground experience. The council is a key source of innovative ideas and bold solutions that help KPMG professionals drive change and remain agile.
Developing the leaders of tomorrow
KPMG is committed to doing work that matters and making a positive, lasting impact in our communities. Our culture is one of collaboration and inclusion, where our people can come together to openly express their feelings and challenges. We are incredibly proud to be ranked by Universum as one of the World’s Most Attractive Employers for business, IT and engineering students.
Through meaningful programs like the KPMG Ideation Challenge, we provide students with coaching and mentorship opportunities to learn from KPMG professionals. Students take real issues that affect business and society today, and use advanced technologies to co-create solutions and prototypes, bringing them to life with the chance to take them to market.
Uplifting students and providing them with the tools they need to thrive, helps KPMG firms attract and develop the future generation of business and technology leaders.
Accelerating inclusion, diversity and equity (IDE)
We believe that IDE is fundamental to driving future success. To continue accelerating the IDE agenda, in FY21, KPMG developed the IDE Collective Action Plan with five measurable goals for delivery. We also built a Global IDE Center of Excellence and rolled out a new global IDE policy to ensure that all our people feel safe and empowered at work, so that they can perform to the best of their ability in an open and supportive environment.
Building an inclusive culture that values diversity leads to better decision-making, drives greater creativity and innovation, helps us better meet the needs of our clients, and motivates our people.
To drive accountability and consistency, we’ve established a clear governance process through our Global IDE Council to push the goals of our IDE Collective Action Plan forward and have developed and embedded new Global IDE goals for all our people that they can access through our performance development systems.
Inclusion, diversity and equity are core to KPMG’s very existence and building teams with diverse views, that represent the world we live in, plays a key role in unlocking our full potential as a global organization.
Global Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
Recognizing our global position and working with clients large and small around the world, come with an opportunity and responsibility to achieve more and push for a fairer, more equitable society.
This year, we are also proud to become a signatory to the Valuable 500 and make the commitment that we will continue to identify areas where we can be more inclusive and supportive. We’re focused on scaling up and implementing programs that accelerate inclusion and diversity, while making adjustments to KPMG offices, processes, policies and practices to drive equity in the recruitment, retention and development of people living with disabilities.
Fostering an environment of authenticity
Courageous Conversations started as a 72-hour collaboration session across the global organization, with over 17,000 KPMG people across six continents. This resulted in our people investing over 11,000 hours in a conversation about their lived experiences, thoughts and ideas, followed by insights and actions. The dialogue led to the development of the IDE Collective Action Plan and has now grown to be a key part of the broader conversation we’re having across the organization — through our global summits and training materials.
We’ve benefited greatly from fostering an environment of authenticity, driving allyship and sharing our lived experiences — truly encouraging KPMG people to come as they are.
Our people taking action
"Six months ago, I joined KPMG in the UK’s ESG Climate Risk & Decarbonization Strategy team. I’ve always been passionate about protecting the natural world, and recently, I’ve been a part of a personally meaningful project — to help build a climate plan for one of the largest asset managers in the world."
Read this story from Rafi Cohen, Director, ESG Climate Risk & Decarbonization Strategy, KPMG in the UK as he reflects on his meaningful work in the fight against climate change.
This project has presented a great opportunity for KPMG in the UK to help materially influence the decarbonization agenda. It’s vital to understand that climate change is a systems-wide challenge that can affect every part of society and the economy in a transformational way. This challenge is particularly complex for the client, who invests across a large number of sectors and geographies. To figure out how to address the climate emergency, the client asked KPMG in the UK for help. We first set out to understand its current practices related to climate, looked at what its peers were doing and what regulators mandate. We then helped it identify its ambitions and the levers needed to act.
As a result, KPMG professionals have been working across the highest levels of the business, upskilling the client and collaboratively working to build its climate plan across the different parts of its portfolio.
Actions to address climate change need to happen at all levels of society for impactful change to occur. We’ve helped this client get from zero to first gear, which is the hardest part of the journey. Now that KPMG in the UK has helped provide the tools, the client can accelerate its decarbonization journey for the coming years with the goal of making a big impact.
"I’m convinced one of the reasons behind the Hackathon’s success is rooted in its ability to encourage and embody inclusion and diversity.”
Read this story from Christine Norton, Director, Global Alliance, ServiceNow, KPMG in the UK as she details the benefits of fostering an inclusive and diverse technological community.
KPMG’s ServiceNow Hackathon is designed to engineer robust communities between subject matter experts and KPMG professionals in the UK who may not usually engage with the ServiceNow team.
The ServiceNow Hackathon follows the community model. It develops a community around the intended outcomes, which in turn produces the delivery of progressive technology solutions. People are at the heart of this philosophy and it’s plain to see that people are and will continue to be central to the Hackathon’s success.
Hackathon 2.0 was the response to KPMG’s own innovation quandary — how could we continue to combine our thinking and foster inclusive collaboration across all of our workstreams? In the year leading up to the pandemic, the first ServiceNow Hackathon was delivered in person. With 2.0 in the wings, we were faced with the reality that the in-person Hackathon would not happen. With the fast adoption and roll-out of Microsoft Teams, we quickly changed the event to virtual. Established during the pandemic at a time when digital transformation was accelerating at an unprecedented pace, Hackathon 2.0 enabled KPMG professionals to design and build innovative real-time technology solutions for clients and communities across the globe.
I’m convinced one of the reasons behind the Hackathon’s success is rooted in its ability to encourage and embody inclusion and diversity. The ServiceNow Hackathon 2.0 produced some great results, and it has now become a flagship annual event, with the next one scheduled in June.
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