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Ambitious and accountable

Ambitious and accountable

Our extraordinary, diverse people are our most important asset. As such, we are on a journey to develop and report on a set of inclusion and diversity metrics to provide a clear picture of inclusion and diversity across our global network. 

We aim to:

  • develop data-driven metrics and analytics to track progress and inform future strategies
  • improve visibility and transparency of KPMG’s diversity metrics and people engagement scores
  • accelerate inclusion and diversity by shining a light on areas for improvement and progress
  • celebrate KPMG’s commitment to lead on inclusion and diversity. 

Workforce demographics

While we recognize we have a long way to go to achieve our global inclusion and diversity ambition across the network of firms, the metrics in this report represent where we are today. More importantly, they represent a starting point from which we can build. 

Across the KPMG network we have seen the following improvements:

  • for the largest 10 firms within the KPMG network, 141 of new partners promoted internally were female — up from 126 in FY17.
  • the number of female partners across the member firm network has increased to 10,478, up by 125 partners in the last 12 months.
  • female new hires across the network of member firms has grown by 10 percent, up to 55,000, from 50,000 in FY17.
  • for the first time we are reporting on gender diversity by region and job level and sharing our global age breakdown.
Partner diversity - chart
Partner promotion diversity - chart
KPMG diversity by region and function - chart
Diversity by job level - chart
New hires by job level - chart
New hire diversity - chart
Age data - chart

Highlights from our Global People Survey

Our Global People Survey (GPS) includes several questions that relate to how inclusive our people feel KPMG is. We carefully map the questions that are drivers of employee engagement to understand the areas where we are doing well or making progress, and the areas where we need to focus attention to drive greater engagement through inclusion.

Our 2018 GPS results for inclusion and diversity show that Inclusion & Diversity is one of KPMG’s strengths; it was rated second “most favorable” out of 15 categories. Highlights were:

  • 77 percent of KPMG’s employees perceive I&D favorably.This figure has risen by 2 percent since 2016 and stands 8 percent above the industry norm.
  • 65 percent of KPMG employees agree that everyone at KPMG has an equal opportunity to advance, regardless of differences.
  • 85 percent of KPMG employees agreed to “I am treated with dignity and respect at work”. This stands at 14 percent above the industry norm.
  • 91 percent of KPMG partners said they support diversity in the workplace and 78 percent of non-partners agreed with this

“Watch carefully, the magic that occurs, when you give a person just enough comfort to be themselves.” — Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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