Sustainable development 

"This is an exciting and critical moment in the debate around the role of business in tackling the world's most pressing problems. Problems such as climate change, food and water scarcity, poverty, security, development and economic growth."

- Michael Hastings
Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE
Global Head of Citizenship, KPMG International

Sustainable Development

The world faces a number of crucial development challenges. They include: strengthening the capacity of people to design and deliver development policies; enhancing the accountability of states towards their citizens; building the capacity of states and societies to prevent and manage conflict; providing universal access to education; building systems to deliver public health services to battle diseases such as TB, malaria, and HIV; creating business enabling environments for investment and to spur economic growth; improving the internal capacity to trade; and obtaining fair access to markets.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) helped shine a spotlight on many of these issues by galvanizing world attention on challenges like extreme poverty. As a result, significant progress has been made. However, progress has been uneven across countries and goals and the challenge ahead remains significant.

In July 2012, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced 27 members of a High-level Panel to advise on the global development framework beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals. Some KPMG member firms participated in this consultation through local UN Global Compact networks. KPMG International also submitted input directly to the UN Global Compact following consultation with our international development professionals around the world.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) will build on the MDG framework to address the enabling environment required for development, natural resource constraints, and deep inequity.

Millenium Development Goals

As a signatory of the UN Global Compact, KPMG International aligns our global citizenship strategy with the compacts ten principles.

"Using the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as a blueprint around the world, we are aligning our skills and capabilities to help resolve issues like the alleviation of entrenched poverty, and working with organizations like the World Economic Forum, Millennium Cities and Village Initiatives, UNICEF and aid agencies such as Oxfam and World Vision. Sustainable change can only come through active commitment through and beyond these difficult times."

Global Development Initiative

Global Development Initiative
GDI is a program that takes corporate citizenship to a new level, bringing together KPMG people across the world so they can tackle global issues.

UN Global Compact: Communication on Progress

Communication on progress
KPMG International has been a signatory of the UN Global Compact since 2002.

International Development Assistance Services (IDAS)

IDAS rollup
KPMG’s IDAS professionals work closely with emerging market stakeholders to create sustainable change and effective, accountable service delivery.