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 and appropriate course of action, from identifying NGO collaboration projects to facilitating global communications.
KPMG member firms have been involved with relief and recovery efforts of significant scope. Following a disaster, member firms organize fundraising efforts, which are channelled through our preferred NGO and development organizations including UNICEF, Save the Children, World Vision and the Red Cross / Crescent Societies.
Putting our skills to work
In recent years, we have evolved our disaster response strategy; if we apply our business skills as well as money, we can make an even greater, more lasting difference. This is done in collaboration with non-governmental organizations that have vast expertise, operations on the ground, and a global reach and outlook to match KPMG's global network of firms. Working alongside them we help to alleviate suffering, promote economic development and rebuild communities. Our firms also often maintain lasting commitments to communities throughout their post-disaster recovery and development, such as ongoing support to educational institutions in which we became involved in rebuilding projects.
KPMG member firms in India, China, Australia, the United States and Mexico have committed over 1,000 pro bono hours to work together to enhance the resilience of disaster prone communities in the Philippines through a partnership with Oxfam. This includes evaluating the effectiveness of the Humanitarian Response Consortium operating in Northern Mindanao in the Philippines to inform future strategy and similar approaches in other locations.