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Inclusion and Diversity

Inclusion and Diversity

We know that every individual in our organisation contributes to our ability to provide exceptional service to our clients and communities.

Respect for the individual is one of KPMG’s core values.

Respect for the individual is one of KPMG’s core values. We know that every individual in our organisation contributes to our ability to provide exceptional service to our clients and communities. KPMG New Zealand has a growing reputation amongst KPMG member firms globally for strong staff engagement anchored in a clearly articulated vision for the firm – “fuelling New Zealand’s prosperity.”

In order to deliver on this vision, the firm must attract, develop and retain the very best people and create a workplace environment in which all will flourish. We know that our ability to successfully maintain this environment also requires that our people be as diverse as the clients we serve, and the communities in which we live and work.

National inclusion and diversity priorities
Our National Inclusion and Diversity Council is responsible for providing focus around I&D initiatives in New Zealand. Formed in April 2016, the I&D Council is currently developing a set of strategic objectives.

Partnerships & memberships
KPMG is a member of Global Women and a signatory to Champions for Change. This initiative, launched by Deputy Prime Minister the Honourable Bill English, brings a concerted focus to embedding a culture within New Zealand businesses that encourages a measurable step-change towards diverse leadership. The intention is to accelerate New Zealand’s future success and global competitive advantage through access to diversity of thought amongst our decision makers. Champions for Change has a clear goal of improving New Zealand’s economic growth and social prosperity, both internationally and domestically, through the implementation of strategies that encourage diverse leadership across our public and private sectors.

KPMG is a Rainbow Tick certified business. The Rainbow Tick programme is a continual quality improvement programme designed to help an organisation ensure it is a safe and welcoming workplace for employees. While many diversity and inclusion programmes address the areas of gender balance, ethnicity and ability, the Rainbow Tick addresses sexual and gender diversity, demonstrating a business is an inclusive organisation for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatapui and intersex.

KPMG’s national Allies network, pride@kpmg, provides members with opportunities to participate in community programs, broaden professional experiences, and build career-enriching relationships, both within and beyond the firm.

KPMG New Zealand is a signatory to the Women's Empowerment Principles, a joint initiative of UN Global Compact and UN Women, which offers guidance to business on how to advance gender equality between men and women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

We are also proud to support  the Corporate Mother’s Network run by Rebecca Armour and Shelley Drylie.  This is a forum for women to hear from successful and thought-provoking speakers, providing information and support for members as they balance work and home life.    

Tikanga and a better You

Associate Director, Joe Hanita talks about tikanga and being a better You and Tax Partner Kim Jarrett, head of Inclusion & Diversity reflects on bringing your authentic self to work. View the video

Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere. Engari, ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao - For the one who consumes only within their surroundings, that will be their domain. For the one who engages in education, opportunities are boundless.

Culture is a fundamental foundation that guides behaviours and actions – being a better You is about bringing your identity with you, whether it is socially with your whanau, family, and friend networks, or commercially within business or your workplace.

For Māori, tikanga is an essential cornerstone that links the importance of identity, culture, whānau, family, and is a strong source of pride, hauora, well-being, and connectedness. 

The significance of tikanga has never changed but the macro economy within Aotearoa, New Zealand has significantly changed, particularly over the last 25 years. Recent change drivers including Treaty settlements, means that Māori today, face both opportunities and challenges as whanau, iwi, and hapū, carefully balance the role as custodians of large, and growing, asset portfolios, whilst upholding tikanga. 

The importance of education, financial literacy, Accounting, and tikanga, therefore becomes paramount as we are presented with interesting considerations – financially investing and developing Māori assets in order to resource future educational, Te Reo Rangatira Māori language, social, cultural, commercial, kaitiakitanga, and environmental endeavours to name only a few.

Chartered Accountants ANZ is privileged to work with over 117,000 accounting, finance, and business leaders worldwide, including an amazing and diverse group of Members. Our sameness is underpinned through our brand and CA designation – but it is also about recognising our differences, the importance of identity, education, and being a better You. Nau mai, haere mai, and welcome to Chartered Accountants ANZ.

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