An excerpt from the Foreword, from John Veihmeyer, Chairman and CEO, and Henry Keizer, Deputy Chairman and COO:
This year’s report highlights the firm’s ethical culture through “Speaking of Ethics” – a series of stories and conversations about our people’s experiences with KPMG’s culture.
One article focuses on KPMG’s Onboarding team, the group responsible for welcoming and orienting everyone who joins our firm. The Onboarding team is a critical early touchpoint in the firm’s ethics and compliance program, reinforcing our expectations for ethical behavior and educating our people on the resources and training available to them. Another article features a conversation between a partner and a manager, showing what two professionals at different points in their careers can learn from each other about business ethics.
This report also focuses on how our ethical culture strengthens our client relationships and the world outside the workplace. Our ethical culture is critical to our long-term success as a business because it helps us attract and retain the best people, and it provides the foundation for all our client relationships. It is a major asset in our relationship-building efforts with clients, enhancing our reputation in the marketplace as it guides the way we deliver services.
At KPMG, acting ethically and with integrity is paramount, and for that reason, we continually look for ways to strengthen our ethics and compliance program.