United Kingdom

Community investment 

Our vision

 

KPMG operates in a thriving low carbon economy in which our people, clients and communities can achieve their full potential.

 

“Using what we are good at to make more of a difference in society”

- Simon Collins, KPMG UK Chairman 2012

Community Investment

We use our skills and provide financial support to work towards improving employability, improving access to our profession and strengthening community organisations in disadvantaged communities across the UK.

 

We provide our people with six days a year to volunteer and during 2012/2013, 32% of our people contributed over 42,900 hours to our communities through volunteering. Click here to view our volunteering policy (PDF 317 KB). Our total investment in the community was £4.8 million.

 

Our 2012-14 national charities are Action for Literacy and Shelter. This partnership will enable us to play a greater part in tackling the key issues of literacy and homelessness in the UK today. Click here for more information. Our 2010-12 charity partners were Barnardo’s. Together we raised £1.33m through a variety of activities.

 

During 2012/13 we helped to strengthen 968 community organisations through volunteering and fundraising.  We also helped to improve the skills of 6,237 beneficiaries through our employability programmes.

 

 

Community investment inputs 2012-13  2011-12  2010-11   2009-10  2008-09 
Total community investment - reported figure £4.8m £5.5m  £11.8m  £11.1m  £9.9m  
Total community investment - excl. discounted work £4.8m £5.5m £5.4m £4.9m £4.6m
Number of employees engaged through volunteering 3,456  4,313  4,328  3,946  3,271 
% of people involved in volunteering 32%  38%  40%  39%   32% 
Number of hours contributed 42,900 55,386  48,000   41,200 33,200 

 

 

For 2012/2013 our total community investment is valued at £4.8 million. 

 

We have taken the decision not to include discounted work in our reported community investment figure as we are undertaking a review of our methodology. The aim is to ensure we are collecting inputs according to new London Benchmarking Group guidelines.  In the future our reported figures will include only work discounted in pursuit of charitable aims to ensure that our reported figure represents a fair assessment of our investment in the community. 

 

Community investment outputs 2012-13  2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09
Number of community organisations strengthened  968  1,139 n/a n/a n/a
Number of direct beneficiaries with improved employability skills 6,237  3,467 n/a n/a n/a

Our strategy

The three community issues on which we will focus for the next two years have been identified through consultations with our stakeholders:

 

  1. Poor employability skills and knowledge of work for people from lower socio-economic groups, leading to underachievement and increased unemployment levels
  2. Poor access to professional employment for young people from lower socio-economic groups
  3. Challenging conditions for local communities:  many community organisations are facing increasing demand for their services at a time of significant change in funding and the policy environment. Coupled with continued economic challenges, this increases the difficulties facing the communities which need these services the most.

 

We are sharing our learning on how we formed our community investment strategy, and how we have refocused what we measure and report. We hope this will help others who are embarking on similar journeys. To find out more, please download our document: Community investment – it’s not just what you put in (PDF 398 KB).

We aim to inspire young people and socially excluded individuals to reach their potential by sharing our experience of the world of work to raise aspirations and develop skills

 

Issue
Poor employability skills and knowledge of work opportunities for people from lower socio-economic groups leading to underachievement and increased unemployment levels

 

Why? 

  • A poorly performing and divided society has a significant negative impact on our people, our clients and our communities. 
  • We have a responsibility to work towards a society in which everyone is able to unlock their potential, and to use our skills and experience to support the next generation of people who want to join the UK workforce. 

 

What are we doing?

  • Increasing the career awareness, motivations and employability skills of young people and promoting the firms school and college leaver opportunities in 95 secondary schools.
  • Raising confidence in numeracy and literacy for students in schools linked to our local offices, and through our national charity partner, Action for Literacy.
  • Developing employability skills in socially excluded groups; refugees, recently ex-homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless through our national charity partnership with Shelter.

 

2012-2014 targets: We aim to provide direct support to help improve the employability* of 7,000 secondary school students and 180 people from socially excluded groups.

* employability means development of a least one of the following: skills, career awareness or motivation.

 

 

We are providing a variety of early career routes into our profession and aim to ensure that we maximise the talent of under represented groups

 

Issue
Poor access to professional employment for young people from lower socio-economic groups

 

Why?

  • 83% of new jobs in the UK in the next 10 years are predicted to come from the professions, our growth will form part of this
  • We recognise the benefits in recruiting talented people from diverse backgrounds to ensure our business is fit for purpose moving forward
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    What are we doing?

    • Training programmes and apprenticeships for post A level/equivalents, including Audit School Leaver Programme, Risk Consulting Technology and Accounting level 4 apprenticeships and 11 month paid work placement programme offering 190 places across the UK
    • Focused work to increase our recruitment from a diverse talent pool
    • National education outreach: recruitment marketing programme targeting schools serving disadvantaged populations

     

    2012-2014 targets: We aim to recruit 25% of students from disadvantaged backgrounds onto our school leaver programmes.

     

 

We aim to increase the capacity and improve the governance of our local community organisations by sharing our professional skills and experience, reflecting the expertise we offer our clients. We also raise funds for our national charity partners, Action for Literacy and Shelter.

Issue
Challenging conditions for local communities:  many community organisations are facing increasing demand for their services at a time of significant change in funding and the policy environment.

Why?
Changes in government policy in education and social welfare have led to significant structural change and in some cases a reduction in resources whilst demand for services continues. Coupled with continued economic challenges this increases the difficulties facing the communities which need these services the most.

What are we doing?

  • Increasing the capacity of key charities including our national charity partners, Action for Literacy and Shelter, through pro bono work, business workshops, mentoring, lobbying and providing environmental advice.
  • Strengthening governance by sharing our professional skills as Charity Trustees and School Governors.
  • Improving access to opportunities for schools, by working through consortia of businesses. We sponsor the City Academy, Hackney with the Corporation of London.
  • Providing small donations to support these organisations. Click here to view our donations policy (PDF 243 KB). 
  • Raising funds for our national charity partners, Action for Literacy and Shelter to support literacy and employability initiatives.

 

2012-2014 targets: We aim to directly support 1,200 organisations to strengthen each year by sharing our business skills, through governance, pro bono activities, mentoring, workshops, donations and fundraising.

Improving the way we work to support our local communities

We recognise that we must work smarter to deliver the benefits we have identified in our Community Investment strategy.  Over the next year we will work with our people, community partners, clients and suppliers to:

 

  • Help six offices to undertake a community footprint exercise for their city
  • Develop a pro bono strategy which focuses our resources on doing what we do best to better support civil society organisations and schools
  • Undertake a review of key aspects of our employability activities in schools and further education to improve management, outputs and outcomes for students and our people: primary basic skills programme and current secondary pilot programmes
  • Extend the value we bring to our national charity partners, Action for Literacy and Shelter, beyond financial support by leveraging our core skills through volunteering, pro bono services and supporting their lobbying activity at government level. You can find out more here.