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  • Type: KPMG information, Video
  • Date: 16/07/2013
  • Length: 2:55 Minutes

KPMG - Being a Disability Confident Employer 

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Tony Cates:

Disability’s a really important issue for KPMG because we must attract from the widest possible talent pool. If we exclude certain people because of disability, then we just won’t have the best people in our firm. So by having a focused policy, we make it easier for people to flourish and make the most of their talent in the firm. It’s really important that businesses become disability-confident. And what do I mean by that? I mean actually looking at people and recognising them for their talent, but also not being afraid to have a discussion with them about the sort of adjustments that we need to make, to make the most of those talents.

Angela Gardner:

 We started on our journey around 2005 when we set up an employee network for our disabled staff and a disability steering group which provided the leadership support for our interventions in the area of disability at KPMG. It’s not just about having a policy in place, it’s about what we do as a business and how we do it, and it extends to our interaction with our staff, with our clients, with potential recruits and with our suppliers. It’s also about embedding what we do in our culture and building a culture of trust. What’s important is we have good role models and that we develop a culture of trust where people can be transparent, people feel comfortable about telling us they have a disability and that is quite a challenge.

Teresa Sienkiewicz:

There are a lot of challenges in being deaf because I can only hear people, even with a very powerful hearing aid, two or three feet away generally. Over the years we’ve had quite a lot of dialogue about how we can improve things. One of the main answers to this is the sensible use of technology which make it easier for you to do your job, more comfortable for you to do your job. I think what disability in the workplace requires is complete honesty on both sides. Employers are much better than they used to be in terms of providing equipment and making changes to working patterns to accommodate disability. Unless you’re really open about it you’re not going to be able to do your job properly and to the best of your ability. In the long term that means you may actually damage your career prospects so I’d say to any employee who’s reluctant to admit that they have a problem, don’t be! Just get on with it, tell the employer and fix it.

To support the DWP Disability Employment Conference - Working together on 18 July, three people from KPMG talk about why it is important to be a disability confident employer and the issues that both employers and employees need to consider as part of their disability policy.


Tony Cates, KPMG Partner examines why it is important for KPMG to be disability confident, Angela Gardner from KPMG’s Diversity and Inclusion team looks at KPMG’s road to becoming disability confident and Teresa Sienkiewicz talks about the changes that have been put in place to make her working life easier at KPMG.


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Tony Cates

Tony Cates

UK Head of Audit

KPMG in the UK


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