KPMG South Africa Announcement
Since last September, KPMG has already taken significant steps to change the firm. These include changes to governance, to leadership, significant changes to improve quality and risk management and to our client portfolio and the work we do in the market.
We recognise that each of these measures can only be part of our continuous effort to rebuild public trust. The departure from the firm this week of two partners, as part of the ongoing investigation by Bowmans into events at VBS, is a reminder how much more needs to be done to reaffirm the public’s trust in KPMG.
We are putting quality and integrity at the heart of our mission. Everything we do – in terms of the business we do, the clients we work with, and how we do our business – will be shaped by how they serve these two principles.
As part of this, we are implementing the following immediate additional steps:
In addition to the immediate steps outlined above, we intend to make further changes to our business. We are well-advanced in thinking through these and expect to communicate further in the coming weeks.
KPMG South Africa chairman Wiseman Nkuhlu commented:
“We recognise that we have damaged the trust of key stakeholders and that further and deeper changes are needed to regain that trust. We must reassure the public and our clients that we are totally committed to the standards they expect. The initiatives we are announcing today, taken with extensive measures already underway, will help restore the reputation KPMG previously enjoyed. We have a responsibility and a duty to rebuild the firm, and the leaders of the firm will stand together to achieve this.”
KPMG South Africa chief executive Nhlamulo Dlomu commented:
“We realise that to build a KPMG that we and South Africa can be proud of, one that has quality and integrity at its heart, we must be prepared to adopt and embrace significant change to our culture and partner conduct. Some of the steps we are taking are not easy, but we are in a position where such measures are unavoidable requirements to rebuild trust. We are more resolved than ever to take the necessary steps to restore the firm to health. And we will not hesitate to act decisively when issues are identified.”
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