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Sustainable Procurement

Sustainable Procurement

Delivering benefits across the key themes of a Living Wage, the environment and diversity and inclusion.

Delivering benefits on Living Wage, the environment and diversity and inclusion.

We have been committed to sustainable procurement practices since 2006. At KPMG in the UK, our supplier code of conduct, which sets out expectations of our suppliers, is underpinned by the ten principles of the UN Global Compact.

There are circa 50 suppliers on the sustainable procurement programme which focuses on 3 key pillars of activity which support the firm’s overall responsible business agenda.


KPMG in the UK was the first of the leading accountancy firms to report to CDP, the international not-for-profit organisation that provides a global system for measuring, disclosing, and managing environmental information.

We are a CDP Supply Chain Programme Partner and we engage with suppliers to encourage improvement in disclosure and performance.

By 2020, 80% of KPMG in the UK’s strategic suppliers will be reporting their scope 1 and/or scope 2 emissions and report emissions reductions. KPMG aims to work with strategic suppliers to deliver two (2) emissions reduction collaboration projects each year.

Social Mobility

KPMG in the UK is a Principal Partner of the Living Wage Foundation, and we’re proud to be an accredited Living Wage Employer, supporting fair pay at work. Within the sustainable procurement programme, we encourage our suppliers to pursue accreditation and recognise the increasing importance of Living Wage in society and the business benefits it can achieve. It drives motivation and proactivity, which in turn delivers great client service and enhances brand reputation. Living Wage also delivers value through lower recruitment churn, reduced absenteeism and better performance.

Diversity and inclusion

We work with our strategic supply base to support our publicly announced KPMG diversity profile. We’re tackling the lack of opportunity for disadvantaged groups (in terms of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, etc.), and the issue of diversity among our suppliers.   

Sustainable Procurement Collaboration Portal

Through our Sustainable Procurement collaboration portal, we communicate and engage regularly with the suppliers in our programme. The newly launched portal creates a single platform enabling programme members to:

  • Access a wealth of materials
  • Share best practice via a library of case studies
  • Making business to business connections with sustainability and procurement peers alike
  • Keep up to date with KPMGs strategy and progress across the key areas of the programme.