Who we are: Diversity
We pride ourselves on being a place where your individuality is valued; you can be yourself and still achieve your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results to our clients. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective - that's the KPMG difference.
We believe diversity enables us to:
• recruit and retain the most talented people
• provide the best service to our clients
• work more closely with our communities
• make a positive difference to our business
Our approach includes:
• Being rigorous about fairness and removing bias in how we recruit, and in how we manage, evaluate and reward performance
• Being as flexible as possible about when and where you work. We have an extensive menu of flexible working options available to all employees, but we’re also open to informal conversations about flexibility at any time
• Fostering a significant number of employee networks, open to anyone with an interest in or experience of diversity. Some of are larger networks are (KNOW) KPMG Network of Women, (Breathe) KPMG LGBT, a number of Faith and multicultural networks including Christian, Islamic , Jewish, African and Caribbean, Chinese and networks supporting Disability, Parenting and Carers.
• Helping parents and carers balance a challenging and rewarding career at KPMG with the challenge and reward of responsibilities outside work. We offer great maternity and paternity support before and after parental leave, workshops for mothers returning to work, and access to emergency childcare for those inevitable occasions when careful planning breaks down
• Recognising it’s not always easy to be yourself, particularly if you feel you’re in a minority. We’ll put you in contact with role models and mentors who will share their own experiences of diversity, inclusion and success. We’re particularly proud of our flagship leadership programme for women, which puts mid-career women in contact with successful senior role models whilst supporting them in building the confidence, networks and ambition necessary to succeed in KPMG. One recent participant described it as ‘one of the best investments of my time ever.' We are constantly looking at ways to innovate our development programmes.
Our external partners
We don’t have all the answers on diversity and inclusion ourselves, and we’re proud of our association with a range of external partners who provide us with access to new research and best practice on diversity and inclusion from across the globe. We are long-time members of organisations such as Opportunity Now (www.opportunitynow.org.uk) providing best practice on the recruitment, retention and development of women at work, Race for Opportunity (www.raceforopportunity.org.uk), Stonewall (www.stonewall.org.uk), the Business Disability Forum (www.businessdisabilityforum.org.uk) and Working Families (www.workingfamilies.org.uk).
All these organisations and more help us keep true to our ambition of being an inclusive employer.
We’re proud that some of them have also recognised our own practice in this area as being leading-edge.
• We won the Race for Opportunity Widening the Talent Pool – Recruitment Award 2012
• Listed in the Top 10 Employers for Gender 2012 and achieved Gold status in the Opportunity Now Benchmark
• Placed in Top 10 Employers for Ethnicity 2012 and achieved Silver status in the Race for Opportunity benchmark
• Awarded Platinum Plus status in the 2012 Business in the Community (BITC) Corporate Responsibility Index
• Named one of the Top 10 Employers for Working Families in 2011 and 2012
• Amongst the Times Top 50 Employers for Women in 2011 and 2012
• Shortlisted by Opportunity Now for an Inclusive Culture Award in 2011
• Recognised by WorkingMums for innovation in flexible working practice
• KPMG ranked in Stonewall’s top 100 employers list