The beginning of this century has been more turbulent and challenging for KPMG, its member firms,and the accounting profession than perhaps anyother time. Resulting scrutiny from governments, regulators, business, and the media has placed ourorganization and our profession under the spotlight asnever before. Moreover, the expectations of the capitalmarkets, the demands from member firm clients, the hopes of our people, and the accountability to regulators have never been greater.
We at KPMG have always taken pride in the quality of our work, the experience and professionalism we bring, and the robustness of our values and behaviors. We believe in acting legally and ethically and encouraging this behavior in the marketplace. We now have to convince a skeptical audience, however, and we have a mission to lead and explain. A twenty-first century professional services organization must ensure that how it does business is understood both within the organization and externally. The keys to our success and the success of our profession are transparency and openness. Accordingly, the Global Code of Conduct has been developed to define the values and standards by which KPMG does business. While the Global Code embraces all of the core values as defined by The KPMG Way, its specific principles are underpinned by the core value of integrity. At KPMG, integrity must be about doing the right thing—adhering to high standards of ethical conduct and being honest, accountable, and consistent with KPMG’s rigorous standards of professionalism. The Global Code reminds each of us how to behave in response to the challenges we face as professionals in the modern global business environment. Part of making the Global Code work is cooperating as a strong team—a team willing to ask and willing to help. Our reputation has been hard won and I know that the Global Code of Conduct will help all of us to live up to the high standards of behavior that we expect of ourselves and that are expected of us.
Chairman, KPMG Dutch Caribbean & Suriname
Read the full Global Code of Conduct here.
Source: Global Code of Conduct; Leadership message from Mike Rake