Becoming a Supplier
KPMG is a leading provider of professional services including audit, tax, financial and risk advisory. In the course of managing its business in the UK, KPMG spends over £450 million per annum with third-party suppliers and contractors on a vast variety of goods and services from advertising to telecommunications and from air travel to waste management. If you would like to become a supplier to KPMG, please visit this page to see if you could meet our requirements.
How we Buy
KPMG recognises that the application of sound procurement practice (including the development and management of supplier relationships) can deliver significant strategic, financial and operational advantage to KPMG and its clients, and can substantially reduce commercial and operational risk. As such, it is KPMG's stated objective to purchase goods and services from the supplier, contractor or provider that offers the firm the best value for money whilst minimising commercial risk.
Best value for KPMG comprises:
To achieve best value the firm works closely with its key suppliers to create relationships of mutual trust and respect for the combined benefit of our respective organisations.
Our procurement policy requires that the firm's central procurement department is actively involved in all orders or contracts:
Our Procurement Department
The firm's central Procurement Department is responsible for providing best practice procurement advice and support to all parts of the firm with key procurement decisions taken jointly between the Procurement Department and the business area concerned.
Corporate Social Responsibility
KPMG's procurement activities are aligned to the firm's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies and programme, ensuring, where possible, that the firm:
Also see our Corporate Responsibility section.
Suppliers who are Clients of KPMG
Many suppliers of goods and services that the firm requires on an ongoing basis are themselves clients of KPMG. Whilst the firm may purchase goods and services from its clients, it is required to apply strict rules regarding integrity and objectivity to ensure that no undue influence is exerted favouring the award of any order or contract to an audit client. Conversely, on those occasions when an audit client does offer best value for money, the firm is required to ensure that the award of an order or contract does not lead to a potential, perceived or actual bias, conflict of interest or influence upon the objectivity and integrity of KPMG's relationship with the audit client in question.
To this end, the Procurement Department is required to demonstrate that all orders and/or contracts awarded to audit clients of the firm are:
In summary therefore, whilst the firm's clients may be given the opportunity to bid for relevant orders and contracts, the firm does not permit purchasing and contracting decisions to be influenced by a desire to create, protect or enhance a client relationship, nor permit a supplier relationship to be used as a basis for soliciting business.