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“KPMG School for NGOs”

 

KPMG jointly with CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) has launched a new project for professional development of not-for-profit organizations in Russia, “KPMG School for NGOs”. The initiative is primarily aimed at performing an intellectual investment in organizational and strategic development of not-for-profit sector in Russia. We are working on establishing the mechanics of systemic exchange of knowledge and experience between business and NGOs on a partner basis. The curriculum of the “KPMG School for NGOs” for 2014-2015 currently includes over 12 seminars and workshops provided by the leading company’s specialists in legal, fiscal, financial, accountancy, HR and other professional fields. More than 50 large Moscow-based NGOs have already attended and we will be most grateful to you for recommending the program to you non-commercial partners.

Autumn-winter schedule of CSR events

 

Even if you are no longer employed at KPMG you are most welcome at all our running volunteer events. We are happy to present an autumn-winter schedule of CSR events for you to enjoy. Every Thursday from 19:00 to 21:00 you can join the sewing workshop at the “Volunteers for Orphans Charity” where one can learn to sew a doll or a giraffe and then donate it to the Charity. Every 1st and 3d Saturday of the month starting November, 1st you have a chance to participate in an art-therapy workshop at the “Maria's Children art studio. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month you are invited to go the “Association of the Blessed craft studio” where we create all sorts of things out of wool, wood, ceramics and paper. For more details and to register, please contact Kristina Pokrytan on kpokrytan@kpmg.ru.

KPMG project “Children in hospitals”

 

Another playroom renovation has been completed as part of the traditional KPMG project “Children in hospitals”. This time the CSR team accompanied by KPMG volunteers have created a friendly and cozy ambience in the children's ward of the Moscow Regional Psychiatric Treatment Facility for little patients to play, have fun and develop. The room with grey walls and grilled windows has now trees and colored wagons, balloons, sofa with cushions and a bookshelf with fairy tales. Soon this room will also be a place for an art-therapy studio organized by KPMG volunteers where children will be played with and where our volunteers will try to give more warmth and happiness to the children.

The nearest Donor Day is on 13 August. Join us!

 

For many seriously sick people, receiving donated blood is the last chance to live or to recover from their illness. KPMG has made helping these people incredibly easy – all you need to do is simply turn up at the office on Donor Day and give blood! 13 August will be the next Blood Donor Day at the KPMG Moscow office (in rooms 10.13–10.16, Floor 10, Block B, Naberezhnaya Tower Business Complex) from 09:00 until 12:00.
For your convenience, KPMG holds Donor Days four times a year in the Moscow office. If you are concerned that giving blood might in fact impact on your own health and have doubts, please note that there is no risk of infection for a donor in the blood donation process.
Russian, CIS, European and American citizens are all welcomed and can all participate in the campaign. Please contact Kristina Pokrytan via  kpokrytan@kpmg.ru to join us.

KPMG continues to support Path to Career competition for disabled young professionals

 

The final of this year's Path to Career competition for young specialists with disabilities, organised by the Business Council on Disability, of which KPMG in Russia and the CIS has been a member for a number of years, with the support of Perspektiva, a regional NGO for disabled people, took place in Moscow on 21 April. This was the seventh year of the competition; of the 80 participants in previous years, more than 60 have found jobs at major companies.
This year KPMG, for the first time, offered individual coaching to help the participants prepare for the competition. This was a unique experience for the young professionals, and most them agreed that it enabled them to learn a lot about themselves in order to succeed further. Our in-house coaches, Anna Zhdanova and Daria Kernatsenskaya, said that from their point of view the experience was a revelation: "It was pleasing to see that coaching can be used in work with all kinds of different people, and that there is a demand for this tool in our firm's CSR projects. We felt part of the team, making what contribution we could to the development of best social practices. Some remarkably bright, ambitious and motivated students took part in this year's competition; it was great that we were able to support them on this challenging path. For our part, thanks to the project we have discovered another way to participate in our firm's corporate social projects," said Anna and Daria.
Meanwhile, KPMG People Director Dasha Solovyeva, one of the jury members this year, said: "KPMG has supported Path to Career for many years. We actively develop new competition formats, help prepare contestants for the event and sit on the jury. More importantly, though, KPMG provides real training and employment opportunities for young people with disabilities. Although there will never be too many such opportunities within any one single organisation, I am very pleased to see a growing interest in equal employment from other businesses. Indeed, this annual contest not only supports the most successful participants by recognising their efforts and aspirations, but it also serves as a good indicator of the readiness of the business to start this vital public dialogue."

KPMG and the UK's Charities Aid Foundation hold two pro bono workshops for NGOs

 

In April two seminars were held for NGOs by KPMG welcoming more than 30 non-profit organizations in Moscow.
On 2 April KPMG in Moscow hosted a workshop for NGO accountants and managers, organised by KPMG and the UK's Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) on a pro bono basis. This was the second event as part of our NGO School project, under which KPMG professionals share their knowledge with NGO representatives.
The workshop looked at contractual relationships, an area that tends to scare off many NGO employees. Two aspects in particular were considered: "Legal aspects of contract work at non-governmental organisations" and "Specific features of employment contracts and the tax implications of reimbursing volunteers for expenses". KPMG professionals Natalia Eliseeva, Quality & Risk Management, and Olga Yunusova and Valeria Chernova, People Services, shed light on these areas in an interesting and accessible way: their expert commentary on the legal regulations made them significantly clearer to those who attended the event.
The other NGO School seminar was held on 23 April. The meeting looked at corporate responsibility reporting for NGOs, an important theme for them: an NGO's success, and the well-being of those it helps, depends to a considerable extent on how the NGO presents itself and its work. At the same time, public reporting is not yet universal in the Russian NGO sector.
The workshop was led by Svetlana Nikolaenko and Anna Chistyakova from the KPMG Corporate Governance & Sustainability Group. They discussed the structure of an NGO annual report and best public reporting practices at Russian NGOs, answered questions from the audience, and warned them of potential errors.
The participants said that the KPMG professionals provided highly accessible information on the theme, and that they did not miss out anything important. Svetlana and Anna themselves commented: "Thanks to the practice of providing pro-bono services at our company, we are able to contribute to the professionalisation of the third sector (NGOs), and in doing so we are investing in the sustainability of the whole of society in general."

Please welcome the New Year project by KPMG “People, no things”!

 

839 gifts for vulnerable children and their families – this is the result of our New Year charity project "People, Not Things", which ended on 23 December. We all did this together: 275 employees from five KPMG offices in Russia: Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow. Thank you all for supporting our project and helping to make professional assistance more accessible, and the holidays more enjoyable for many families!

 

"People, not Things” is a unique Christmas project by KPMG yet unprecedented in Russia. This project allows KPMG employees to make social investments in the best solutions for the children of social and biological risks, as well as their families. Our main goal is to provide a gradual transition from donating goods to participating in a genuinely different form of corporate philanthropy based on supporting professional services for vulnerable children and their families rendered by non-profit organizations.

On December, 19th a thank-you party was held for KPMG volunteers!

 

On December, 19th a party was held at KPMG to say thank you to the company volunteers, wonderful people who really care about the world we all live in. The Committee for Corporate Social responsibility invited their dearest friends and supporters to enjoy tea with cake and fruit, receive memorable presents and take part in an exciting lottery with a Breakfast for a couple at Novotel as a prize. More than that, Oleg Goshchansky himself was there to thank volunteers for their kind-heartedness and readiness to help. The little party was completed by a photo shoot.

The nearest Donor Day is on 17 April. Join us!

 

For many seriously sick people, receiving donated blood is the last chance to live or to recover from their illness. KPMG has made helping these people incredibly easy – all you need to do is simply turn up at the office on Donor Day and give blood! 7 February and 17 April will be the next Blood Donor Days at the KPMG Moscow office (in rooms 10.13–10.16, Floor 10, Block B, Naberezhnaya Tower Business Complex) from 09:00 until 12:00.

 

For your convenience, KPMG holds Donor Days four times a year in the Moscow office. If you are concerned that giving blood might in fact impact on your own health and have doubts, please note that there is no risk of infection for a donor in the blood donation process.

 

Russian, CIS, European and American citizens are all welcomed and can all participate in the campaign. Please write to RU-FMCSRCommittee@kpmg.ru to join us.

The Needed and Useful campaign at KPMG in Moscow starts on 3 March and will last for a month.

 

As spring approaches, we are open to new developments and look forward to change. Therefore, the CSR Committee invites you to take part in the Needed and Useful campaign.

 

The idea of the project is to collect in the office good items that you no longer like (no longer in use/bought by mistake/your children are now grown up, etc.) and give them to the people, who need them more and who would be glad to receive them: the Civic Assistance Committee that helps refugees and forced migrants.

 

The following 10 categories of items are collected in the Needed and Useful campaign:

 

  • Clothing for adults and children
  • Footwear for adults and children
  • Household items (textiles, crockery)
  • Small electronic items (kettles, mixers, etc.)
  • Games and toys (preferably not soft toys)
  • Children's goods (textbooks, stationery, creative items)
  • New Year ornaments, toiletries, jewelry, etc.
  • Adult and children's glossy magazines
  • DVDs and CDs
  • Home electronics (players, record players, mobile telephones, etc.)

 

Please be reminded that all items should be in good and very good condition. Our goal is to help people, not to humiliate them. We also ask you all to be sure to use strong packaging.

 

This year campaign will last from 3 March to 31 March. Participate! To learn more please contact us via RU-FMCSRCommittee@kpmg.ru.

Participate in our visit to pet shelter of “Giving Hope Foundation”!

This February we are going to visit the shelter of Giving Hope Foundation for homeless dogs and cats. Do join us! There will be work for everyone: the dogs need to be taken for walks and taught how to walk, and they also need to be groomed. You can also photograph them and simply have fun together! The shelter also needs help in the preparation of food and in cleaning cages and the shelter area. If you would like to participate then write to RU-FMCSRCommittee@kpmg.ru

On December, 16th the first meeting of the CSR Club was held at KPMG.

 

The first meeting of the members-only CSR Club organised by KPMG and the Charitable Fund Mosaic of Happiness was held on 16 December. Representatives of the companies MegaFon, Uralsib and Sberbank CIB were present at the first meeting, which was devoted to challenges presented by corporate volunteer services. We hope that club meetings to discuss the most pressing CSR issues and to search collectively for ways to resolve them will become a regular happening. If your companies are interested in developing Corporate Social Responsibility agenda and are willing to join us please write to RU-FMCSRCommittee@kpmg.ru.

Join us on Facebook and Vkontakte!

 

The CSR Committee is delighted to announce the opening of the Community of KPMG Volunteers! We have created a mailing list which includes all volunteers at KPMG in Moscow, and we have also launched groups on the social network sites VKontakte and Facebook. We can now discuss with interested employees all of the most interesting aspects of CSR and volunteering and deal with relevant topics together. If you would like to join any of the groups, please just email your request to RU-FMCSRCommittee@kpmg.ru.

Contacts

Natasha Sorokina
Senior Manager  

alumni@kpmg.ru