As we strive to accelerate our growth and forge the future of our firm, an essential element of our business strategy is that we continue to foster a diverse and inclusive culture – one where all of our professionals have opportunities to excel and build great careers.
We see evidence every day that our people are passionate about diversity, but we know that it takes more than passion to meet our goals. Real progress requires concrete steps and accountability for meaningful results.
That process begins with supporting educational initiatives and attracting highly skilled diverse talent to join our firm. We have built programs and relationships that span the educational continuum, beginning with our commitment to expanding early childhood literacy through KPMG’s Family for Literacy program, which has provided more than 2 million books to low-income children in the past five years; continuing in programs to encourage financial skills in middle and high school students; and extending to efforts at colleges and universities to provide internship opportunities, mentor high-potential college freshman and sophomores, and attract highly skilled, diverse individuals to our firm. Our commitment extends to postgraduates as well, where we work with the PhD Project, which KPMG founded, to support diverse doctoral candidates, helping them become business professors and mentors to the next generation of diverse professionals.
Of equal importance are the mentors, sponsors, diversity networks, and programs dedicated to the career goals of talented diverse individuals once they join KPMG. KPMG’s Associate Credentialing program ensures that early-career, ethnically diverse associates obtain experience working on our most important clients as a foundation for their success. Our Career Life Strategies, Looking Ahead program provides guidance and support for women with four years of experience, at a critical time in their career. At the executive level, Leaders Engaging Leaders connects members of the Board of Directors and Management Committee with high-performing diverse partners, better preparing them for advancement into firm leadership. We also continue to emphasize the importance of building skills that help our professionals work within and lead diverse, high-performing teams.
Our Diversity Advisory Board, which I am proud to serve on as Executive Chair, also maintains its important role alongside our many advisory boards and diversity groups in driving efforts at all levels of the firm. Last year, we marked the 10th anniversaries of the KPMG Network of Women and pride@kpmg, which, along with KPMG’s Abilities in Motion, African American, Asian Pacific Islander, Hispanic Latino, and Veterans networks, have helped foster an inclusive culture across our firm.
Today, KPMG has among the highest percentage of female partners among the Big Four, and we’re consistently ranked among DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity and Working Mother’s Best Companies for Working Mothers. We’ve also been recognized as one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For and a top employer by the Asia Society; and have received a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for 10 consecutive years. Most importantly, our annual employee surveys tell us that a very high percentage of our people, across all of our diverse groups, consider KPMG a great place to work and build a career.
While we’re proud of the progress we’ve made, we are committed to accelerating our efforts. Our firm is strengthened by reflecting the values of all of our people, and our client service is enhanced by the multitude of experiences, talents, ideas, and perspectives within our workforce. We will continue to make diversity and inclusion priorities in everything we do, to ensure that KPMG remains a great place to work and build a career, for all of our people.
Chairman and CEO, KPMG LLP