Disaster response 

Devastating natural disasters are occurring with increasing frequency, exacerbated by climate change, and are disproportionately affecting those who are least resilient. In 2012, 357 natural disasters were registered, killing 9,655 people with an additional 124.5 million victims. The cost of dealing with these natural disasters was US$ 157 billion.

As a global network of member firms, natural disasters affect everyone at KPMG – our people, our communities and our business. Our responses to recent catastrophic natural disasters powerfully demonstrate our values that, "We are committed to our communities," "We work together" and "We lead by example."


KPMG International's disaster response is governed by a policy of guiding principles – called the 'RESPONSE' framework. It is a structured approach designed to evaluate the most efficient and appropriate course of action, from identifying NGO collaboration projects to facilitating global communications.


KPMG member firms have been involved with relief and recovery efforts of significant scope. Following a disaster, member firms organize fundraising efforts, which are channelled through our preferred NGO and development organizations including UNICEF, Save the Children, World Vision and the Red Cross / Crescent Societies.

US$1 million
Raised following Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, 2013

US$3 million
Raised following the Japan earthquake, 2011

US$1.2 million
Raised following the Pakistan floods, 2010

US$2.7 million
Raised following the Haiti earthquake, 2010

US$2 million
Raised following Cylone Nargis in Myanmar and the China
earthquake, May 2008

US$1.2 million
Raised following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, US, 2005

US$5 million
Raised following the Asian tsunami, 2004

Putting our skills to work

In recent years, we have evolved our disaster response strategy; if we apply our business skills as well as money, we can make an even greater, more lasting difference. This is done in collaboration with non-governmental organizations that have vast expertise, operations on the ground, and a global reach and outlook to match KPMG's global network of firms. Working alongside them we help to alleviate suffering, promote economic development and rebuild communities. Our firms also often maintain lasting commitments to communities throughout their post-disaster recovery and development, such as ongoing support to educational institutions in which we became involved in rebuilding projects.

Disaster resilience

KPMG member firms in India, China, Australia, the United States and Mexico have committed over 1,000 pro bono hours to work together to enhance the resilience of disaster prone communities in the Philippines through a partnership with Oxfam. This includes evaluating the effectiveness of the Humanitarian Response Consortium operating in Northern Mindanao in the Philippines to inform future strategy and similar approaches in other locations.

International Development Assistance Services (IDAS)

IDAS rollup
KPMG’s IDAS professionals work closely with emerging market stakeholders to create sustainable change and effective, accountable service delivery.

Philippines Disaster Response

Philippines Disaster Response

KPMG is supporting affected communities through a US$1.1 million global appeal, skilled pro bono work and volunteering.

Ebola disaster response

KPMG responded to the Ebola epidemic with a US$0.4 million global appeal, support for a high level symposium on Ebola, and signing the Business Action Pledge on Ebola Elimination.