June 8 is World Oceans Day, a day to celebrate our oceans and focus on steps we can all take to make a difference. Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods* and World Ocean’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on how our day-to-day decisions impact the future of our planet and all those that depend on it.
KPMG is committed to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, an urgent call for action to make our world more inclusive, prosperous, sustainable and resilient by 2030. Goal 14 aims to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources – you can find more about the UN’s targets here.
KPMG professionals are leveraging their expertise to make an impact on the environment. KPMG in Malaysia protects coral reef through the Eco Drive program in its 13th year which addresses issues that impact the fragile marine ecosystems and educates the next generation to create a mindset change in the community. Their 13th reef survey will take place this year and the firm also adopts two important reefs on Tioman Island, off the east cost of peninsula Malaysia.
KPMG in the Cayman Islands was the first platinum sponsor for the Cayman Islands Eco Divers Coral Nursery Program, where divers volunteer to assist with the coral nurseries and outplant sites, taking a hands-on approach to reinvigorating local reefs. Employees volunteer monthly by planting and growing the coral nurseries. The firm also supports the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation which conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment.
Member firms around the world are making a commitment to reduce their use of plastic, including KPMG in the UK, phasing out the use of single use plastics cups and cutlery in offices and transitioning to reusable bottles, saving 3 million cups every year and significantly reducing the carbon footprint.
Visit out 2018 KPMG Global Review to find out more about how KPMG is making a difference.