Judges singled out the KPMG network for recognition as the only professional services organization at a global level to participate in the supply chain program of the Carbon Disclosure Project. They also highlighted the fact that the KPMG network has reduced its global carbon emissions by 29% since 2007, and praised the high-profile global business sustainability summit ‘Business Perspectives on sustainable growth: Preparing for Rio+20’ held recently in collaboration with the UN Global Compact, United Nations Environmental Programme and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development.
Yvo de Boer, KPMG’s Special Global Adviser on climate change said: “This award acknowledges KPMG’s goal to ’walk the talk’ and help clients turn the risks of climate change and resource constraint into opportunities. Opportunities that benefit not just businesses, but contribute to our communities and society.”
The Sustainable Firm of the Year award recognises our strategy of embedding CSR in KPMG's corporate vision. We are committed to ensuring that our activities have as little negative impact on our environment as possible. For this reason, CSR is firmly integrated in our business strategy.
KPMG staff members around the world apply the same values and standards. These are at the heart of our business and serve as guidelines in the areas of integrity, quality, professionalism and sustainability. These values underpin everything we do, and offer guiding principles when faced with dilemmas or conflict situations. In other words, CSR is an integral part of our everyday business.
There are various ways in which KPMG in Belgium integrates CSR principles in its business strategy. Diversity, work-life balance, employee satisfaction and social responsibility are among the key aspects. A few examples of the latter:
- The KPMG cycling team will ride 1000 kilometers in support of the fight against cancer - From 17 till 20 May, the KPMG ‘Kom op tegen kanker’ cycling team will ride 1000km in what is called the longest bicycle tour in Flanders. Each of the eight KPMG cyclists will cover 125km. To fund their participation they count on the generosity of volunteers and donations. The “Kom op tegen Kanker” tour symbolizes the major efforts being made in the struggle against this disease. It represents a strong show of support to those suffering from cancer, and help raise money for scientific research in the battle against this sickness.
- The Belgian KPMG BRIGHT team supports KPMG's Global Development Initiative (GDI) in pursuit of the UN 'Millennium Development Goals’ - The Millennium Development Goals are the world's time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions and KPMG's GDI is an innovative programme designed to take our corporate responsibility commitment to a new global level. By committing to the GDI, we want to use our skills and resources to become fully involved in finding sustainable solutions to global and local poverty issues, working alongside governments, civil society groups, international agencies and other private sector organisations. KPMG’s GDI strives for wide participation from our people across the world. Between June and September, three of our colleagues will put their professional skills to work in pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals in selected projects in Tanzania, India and South Africa.
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