KPMG firms work with clients to encourage action in key areas such as sustainability, international development, human rights, anti-bribery and anti-corruption. We celebrate these achievements, and the countless other successes that our people have achieved this past year.
KPMG people are proud of the role that we play within society. But they are even more motivated – and more valuable – when they see an opportunity to use their skills and talents to amplify their impact. When we band across the world to create a global response to key issues, the impact can be tremendous.
Whether it is our action on the Millennium Villages Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, or our deep commitment to the United Nations Global Compact, we celebrate the way our professionals help enhance the capability of governments, aid agencies and civil society and to develop and improve public service delivery.
We have also achieved progress in setting, measuring and achieving our environmental sustainability targets. At the end of our first target period in 2010, we exceeded our goals and reduced our combined carbon footprint by almost 30 percent in aggregate. For 2011, we achieved a further 2.5 percent reduction in gross emissions per full-time equivalent (FTE) and a 1.1 percent reduction in net emissions per FTE. In fact, in its inaugural awards ceremony in April 2012, the International Accounting Bulletin named KPMG as the Sustainable Firm of the Year, noting the impact of our corporate responsibility initiatives and our high-profile global business sustainability summit.
Our successes and achievements in environmental sustainability have also been recognized by governments and the private sector who, having taken note of KPMG’s activities, are now working with member firms, supported by our market-leading Climate Change and Sustainability Center of Excellence to develop, execute and assess their own environmental programs.
Business Perspective on Sustainable Growth: Preparing for Rio+20
Yvo De Boer at Rio+20
In February 2012, KPMG International brought more than 600 senior executives together to work with top policymakers, including Ban Ki-moon and Michael Bloomberg and leading sustainability authorities such as Yvo de Boer, KPMG’s Special Global Advisor on Climate Change & Sustainability and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2006 to 2010, to address one of the fundamental challenges of our time: driving sustainable business growth in a resource-constrained world.
Developed in partnership with the UN Environmental Program, the UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the event identified and prioritized key sustainability issues. During the Summit, KPMG International launched a major research study, Expect the Unexpected: Building business value in a changing world, which examined 10 sustainability megaforces that will influence the future of business over the next 20 years. The event stood out as a turning point where businesses of all sizes renewed their commitment to the sustainability agenda and started to work together to create potential solutions.
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