International Women’s Day is a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while continuing to push for gender equality.
At KPMG, we believe an inclusive culture, which values diversity, leads to better decision-making, drives greater creativity and innovation, better meets the needs of our clients and is more motivating for our people – it’s core to our values and what we’ve always believed in.
Learn more about some of the initiatives around the world that are moving the dial.
KPMG firms around the world are empowering women and girls in their local communities. Here are just a few examples of how they get involved.
Having a mentor makes all the difference. It gives you the wisdom and tenacity to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges. By volunteering for the Global Giveback Circle (GGBC), women from KPMG in Kenya are passing on vital life lessons to disadvantaged local girls.
The bold aim is to help girls through education and into employment, and ultimately become the next generation of inspiring African female leaders.
KPMG in Kenya also has a long-standing sponsorship relationship with Starehe Girls Centre, a national boarding school for girls from underprivileged backgrounds where it sponsors some girls for their secondary school education. Over 4 years, the girls get the opportunity to lift themselves and their families out of poverty through the power of education.
In addition to funding tuition and boarding fees, these students are paired with KPMG mentors, who help them develop the character and resilience to study hard and prosper. Every single sponsored girl has gained excellent exam results and progressed to Kenya’s top universities.
A little self-belief can go a long way – especially if you’re a schoolgirl in a high-need school. That’s why female executives from KPMG Australia are partnering with the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) on a ground-breaking mentorship program.
The aim is to foster the kind of leadership skills that should serve them well – both in their school life and beyond.
By spending time with successful role models, they can raise their aspirations of what’s possible. Feedback from the students has been amazing – the girls say they’ve gained a better understanding of their leadership potential and a better insight into their strengths.
In the words of one student: “It (the program) supported me and made me feel like I’m capable of achieving anything if I put my mind to it!”
KPMG China is passionate about advancing children’s rights and breaking down barriers to equality. Which is why the firm is working with children’s rights NGO Plan International on some exciting initiatives.
Through the Shaanxi Girls’ Scholarship and Life Skills Training program, KPMG is giving scholarships to underprivileged female students who would otherwise struggle to afford an education. The girls get the funding to pursue their academic dreams – and the coaching to build a lifetime of fulfilment and prosperity.
KPMG is also sponsoring the 2021 Hong Kong Youth Conference, which is all about young people tackling the plight of girls in developing countries. KPMG volunteers act as facilitators, to help attendees think up ways to open doors for girls.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are traditionally male dominated areas. But with the STEM is HER Future program, KPMG, with the help of Enactus China, supports more than 1,500 female university students to get ahead and achieve successful STEM careers.
The lack of females working in technology has been well documented. But KPMG in the UK is taking strides to achieve greater gender diversity in this vital discipline.
The IT’s Her Future program offers support for women in their technology careers within KPMG – and beyond. It provides invaluable support through mentors, events, networking opportunities and training. Regardless of whether they fit the traditional ‘techie’ stereotype, female professionals can become more confident and access job opportunities.
And KPMG is making great headway. Since the program’s launch in 2015, the UK firm’s female headcount in technology has increased to 42 percent, with IT’s Her Future winning ‘Best Mentoring Program’ at the Women in Tech Awards.
Technology also suffers from a racial and ethnic imbalance. To counter this, a brand new 2021 program, called Pushing LimITs, provides 6 months of technology mentoring for women of black heritage working within KPMG.
Hear from our leaders on what they think it takes to create a gender equal world.
Kristine T Remedios
Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity (Effective April 1, 2021)