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Supporting development

Supporting development

Inclusive development seeks to ensure benefit from economic and social development

Inclusive development seeks to ensure benefit from economic and social development

The KPMG SDG Industry Matrix

KPMG has been developing a Sustainable Development Goals Industry Matrix to support the UN’s drive to address extreme poverty through the emerging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With the United Nations now focused on the global development framework beyond 2015 - the target date for the Millennium Development Goals - the post 2015 development agenda has gained momentum with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since the SDGs highlight the role of business, as professional advisers, we are keen to understand what role we can play, and our clients, in delivery of these goals. 

Together with the UN Global Compact, we have been preparing a SDG Industry Matrix to help industries identify innovative ways to tailor investments and existing market activities to align with the SDG agenda. The SDGs will demand solutions to provide jobs, strengthen access to electricity, ensure peaceful societies, deliver core infrastructure investments and empower women, among other goals, and these industries can shape markets while advancing the sustainable development agenda of host countries.

By highlighting current and future opportunities for activity, the SDG Industry Matrix is designed to inform, inspire and galvanize industry to invest, strategize and engage across global markets as the final details of the SDGs are negotiated.

Insights and examples of our projects can be found in our Global Development Initiative Story (PDF 790 KB).

Disaster response 

Devastating natural disasters are occurring with increasing frequency, exacerbated by climate change, and are disproportionately affecting those who are least resilient. In 2013, 330 natural disasters were registered, killing 21,610 people, with over 96 million people being directly impacted worldwide. These disasters were estimated to have cost the global economy US$118.6 billion.

As a global network of member firms, natural disasters affect everyone at KPMG – our people, our communities and our business. Our responses to recent catastrophic natural disasters powerfully demonstrate our values that, "We are committed to our communities," "We work together" and "We lead by example."


KPMG International's disaster response is governed by a policy of guiding principles – called the 'RESPONSE' framework. It is a structured approach designed to evaluate the most efficient, appropriate course of action, from identifying NGO collaboration projects to facilitating global communications.


KPMG International and KPMG member firms have been involved with relief and recovery efforts of significant scope. Following a disaster, member firms organize fundraising efforts, which are channeled through our preferred NGO and development organizations including Oxfam, World Vision and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

US$1.1 million

Raised following Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, 2013

US$3 million

Raised following the Japan earthquake, 2011

US$1.2 million

Raised following the Pakistan floods, 2010

US$2.7 million

Raised following the Haiti earthquake, 2010

US$2 million

Raised following Cylone Nargis in Myanmar and the China

earthquake, May 2008

US$1.2 million

Raised following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, US, 2005

US$5 million

Raised following the Asian tsunami, 2004

Putting our skills to work

In recent years, we have evolved our disaster response strategy, in recognition that, if we apply our business skills as well as money, we can make a greater, more lasting difference.

To do so, we collaborate with non-governmental organizations that have vast expertise, operations on the ground, and a global reach and outlook to match KPMG's network of firms. Working alongside them we help to alleviate suffering, promote economic development and rebuild communities. Member firms also often maintain lasting commitments to communities throughout their post-disaster recovery and development, such as on-going support to educational institutions in which we became involved in rebuilding projects.

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