Who We Are: Corporate Responsibility
KPMG in the UK is proud to lead not just on business issues, but on social and economic issues too.
Consequently, our Corporate Responsibility programme is extremely important to us. It’s a useful agent for widespread change. We have the scale, influence and expertise to make a significant and positive contribution to the issues that affect our communities and our environment.
In Corporate Responsibility, we are leaders and not followers. For example, we were one of the first employers in the UK to provide the Living Wage to all our staff. In 2016, marking the tenth anniversary of the Living Wage’s creation, we were awarded a Special Commendation for our work in its promotion among UK businesses — the only organisation to be recognised in this way.
At the heart of our vision to be the clear choice in professional services is a determination to be a responsible business with a clear understanding of the impact we can have in tackling some of the UK’s most pressing social issues. We pride ourselves on taking a pioneering approach to Corporate Responsibility, and here – as in all other aspects of our work – our main asset is our people and the skills they can bring to the issues we want to address.
We currently focus our support and volunteering around six key social mobility issues:
- Youth employment and fair access
- Improving young people’s literacy skills
- Increasing fair access to secure and affordable housing
- Youth Leadership
- Living Wage – helping working people out of poverty
- Sustainable Procurement.
We care deeply about bridging the social mobility gap in the UK. In March 2016, the UK government recognised our efforts by naming us as one of the founding Champions for Social Mobility. And in 2017 we were awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the inaugural category of ‘Promoting Opportunity’ for our work on social mobility.
We have a relationship with numerous schools, educational institutions and children’s charities. With them, we work to tackle child poverty, promote literacy and encourage youth leadership.
We voluntarily disclose our emissions data with full transparency.
Year-on-year we are increasingly minimising our environmental impact. None of our waste goes to landfill and at the time of writing we recycle 66% of everything we use.
We source electricity from environmentally friendly sources and our new offices are built to specifications that ensure efficiency and sustainability.
*We only source energy for some of our portfolio – we don’t control landlord sourcing."