Creating an inclusive culture where all our people achieve their potential is fundamental to our business.
Creating a culture where our people achieve their potential is fundamental.
Inclusion and diversity is part of who we are at KPMG. We are committed to inclusivity and diversity across our business - regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, disability or sexual orientation. We are also proud to lead and support a wide range of programmes to help ensure diversity in business. These include celebrating Pride Week, encouraging young womens’ interest in STEM, investing in children’s literature initiatives, promoting skills-development in Sri Lanka, supporting early stage women-led businesses and adding our voice to the campaign for greater diversity at board level in Ireland. For International Women’s Day 2018, we reaffirmed our pledge to ‘press for progress’, advocate for gender parity and to support the next generation of women leaders. Read our stories of just some of the ways we play our part in promoting and celebrating diversity.
BOLD GIRLS, a Children’s Books Ireland initiative, supported by KPMG, aims to break down societal barriers and to instil confidence in girls and young women by showcasing strong female characters in children’s books. The campaign includes twenty female Irish authors and illustrators with stories from Ireland and around the globe, featuring pirates, politicians, ponies, polar bears, pilots, princesses and everything in between.
We are delighted to support the BOLD GIRLS initiative as part of our KPMG Family for Literacy (KFFL) programme - founded to help address childhood illiteracy and to create a unique way for our people to contribute to our communities.
Our commitment to supporting women in the workplace extends beyond our shores. On International Women’s Day in 2016, we announced a three-year partnership with Plan International Ireland, aimed at empowering marginalised young women in Sri Lanka with training in financial literacy and management, ICT and household economics and micro-enterprise development.
In turn, each of these young women will go on to train an additional 20 plus women bringing the total number of women impacted to 10,000 plus over the life of the project. To date, we have supported approximately 6,000 women through our partnership with Plan Ireland.
With job opportunities in the area of ICT predicted to continue to grow in Ireland, the pipeline of diverse talent is critical for the sector’s future success. KPMG is a founding partner of Cork based iWish (Inspiring Women in STEM) an initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate young secondary school female students to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) where there are traditionally lower levels of female participation.
IWish aims to change the status quo with an ambition to increase female entrants to third level courses in STEM to 30% by 2020. KPMG’s involvement is led by our Partner Caroline O’Driscoll, who notes that “KPMG’s involvement in the initiative gives practical support to our diversity programme and makes a real difference.”
The KPMG supported Going for Growth programme supports women owner-managers who have been running their companies for two years or more. The initiative has been designed around peer-led roundtable sessions and KPMG hosted workshops on tax matters, financial performance, funding, legal and data protection.
According to Olivia Lynch, KPMG partner and our lead on the initiative “The approach is based on the principle that people learn best from each other, so the sessions are facilitated by successful entrepreneurs with first-hand experience of owning and managing a business.”
Creating an inclusive culture where all our people achieve their potential is fundamental to our business. We believe that diverse teams better reflect the varied nature of our clients’ businesses. We promote inclusion and diversity in our workplaces through dedicated events with inspirational speakers as part of the KPMG Executive Speaker Series.
Recent speakers have included Lady Chanelle McCoy, co-founder of Chanelle Medical; Marissa Carter, founder of Cocoa Brown; Margot Slattery, Country President of Sodexo Ireland and Gavan Hennigan an extreme endurance athlete.
We are a founding member of the 30% Club in Ireland, an initiative focused on achieving a minimum of 30% female participation at board level. Gender balance on boards not only encourages better leadership and governance - diversity further contributes to better all-round board performance, and ultimately increased corporate performance for both companies and their shareholders.
KPMG’s involvement is led by our Partner Darina Barrett who outlines the importance of the initiative saying “While progress is being made in Irish businesses, we have long known that women are underrepresented at board level. A bottleneck remains for women at executive committee level and various barriers must be overcome if women are to advance in Irish business. Measures such as monitoring and openly reporting the progress of women in organisations may help to encourage a process of change.”
KPMG is proud to support the Diversity Charter Ireland. In signing this charter, organisations in Ireland join their counterparts across Europe in publically stating their commitment to inclusion and diversity.