KPMG was voted Sustainable Firm of the year at this month’s inaugural industry awards by the International Accounting Bulletin.
Jamie Sinclair, KPMG New Zealand’s Director of Sustainability Services, notes:
“This is a fantastic achievement and is testament to all the hard work on our internal sustainability performance as well as our external client offering and thought leadership. Our New Zealand practice is a great example of this. We have clear actions and initiatives in place to manage our energy use, enhance our corporate culture, and improve our engagement with local communities.
These are not just words but involve real projects with tangible and measurable outcomes. We’re also passionate about helping our clients address an increasingly complex and uncertain future. As with many of our clients, we are on a journey and have a long way to go, but as a firm KPMG New Zealand can feel proud of this achievement.”
Avind Hickman, editor of International Accounting Bulletin, said KPMG was able to demonstrate with hard data how much its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives across the KPMG network had made a difference.
“It also showed thought leadership by holding the sustainability summit which has underscored KPMG’s already very strong reputation on sustainability services.”
Judges singled out KPMG 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 praised the fact that KPMG has reduced its global carbon emissions by 29 percent since 2007 and 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 to turn the risks of climate change and resource constraints into opportunities. Opportunities that benefit not just businesses, but contribute to our communities and society.”
In New Zealand, our Sustainability Services practice offers clients assistance in the following areas:
- Sustainability strategy
- Sustainability reporting and assurance
- Emissions trading and carbon management
- Environmental performance
For further information, contact Jamie Sinclair