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. 

The programme aims to deliver social and environmental benefits by working with our suppliers across the key themes of a Living Wage, the environment and diversity and inclusion.

Our Sustainable Procurement roadmap

Forward planning is a critical element of our Sustainable Procurement programme. We commit to actions and targets based on solid data against which we can measure our progress. Our three-year roadmap shows where we’ll focus our actions. 

Download the roadmap 

We’re proud of our Business in the Community Responsible Business award for ongoing commitment to sustainable supply chain impact management. We received our initial accreditation for the programme in 2013. It was reaccredited in 2014 and 2015. 

Environment & CDP

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. In 2014 we saw a 93 percent response rate (compared to a global average of 67 percent) representing a significant year on year improvement. This was further improved in 2015, with a 100 percent response rate by our strategic suppliers.

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.

Living Wage

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. We’re also working with organisations such as MSD UK to address these issues.

Sustainable Procurement Newsletter

Through our Sustainable Procurement newsletter, we communicate regularly with the stakeholders in our programme. The newsletter shares our strategy and maintains momentum and engagement. It also keeps our suppliers updated on progress across the key areas of the programme.