Values in Action - 2017 Citizenship Report

From the Chairman and CEO

Igniting passion and purpose for the greater good.

Thank you for your interest in KPMG’s citizenship efforts.

For 120 years, our firm has been passionately committed to improving the communities where we live and work. We view citizenship as a responsibility and core value, essential to who we are and vital to building the public trust that is so important to our business. Across our firm, our professionals share a common set of values. These guide our actions and form the foundation of our culture—a culture that encourages people to channel their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests into serving causes that fuel their passion for the greater good.

Like many socially responsible organizations, KPMG supports a wide range of initiatives that seek to benefit society and safeguard the environment. In 2017, we donated more than $47 million to nonprofits and logged nearly 200,000 volunteer hours in the United States alone. As a firm, we strategically marshal our investments, volunteerism, and service around lifelong learning and education. We believe these areas of focus are essential to building strong communities and economies, and ultimately facilitating a more diverse and prepared workforce.

Our efforts span the educational continuum (see page 17) and the results have been tangible. Through our flagship initiative, KPMG’s Family for Literacy, we have put four million new books into the hands of children in need and continue to pair our people with primary schools where they volunteer their time reading to young students. At the other end of the learning continuum is The PhD Project, the only national program promoting diversity among business school faculty. Our firm led the launch of the program in 1994, and we’ve since convened likeminded companies who help sponsor it. Through this unique initiative, we have helped add approximately 1,000 minority faculty to college teaching ranks, with another 270 minority doctoral students on their way to joining them.

In concert with the KPMG Foundation, we seek to empower young people, prepare tomorrow’s leaders, and expand the skills of professionals deep into their careers. As the skills gap grows —and as technology continues to redefine the nature of work in every industry and every job level—our programs will become even more relevant.

It is deeply gratifying to see the profound impact our firm has had on so many and how our collective efforts continue to build public trust. I thank our people for upholding the values upon which KPMG was founded more than a century ago and for consistently serving with passion and purpose. They represent the true spirit of our firm and our rich history of dedicated service.


Lynne Doughtie

Chairman and CEO, KPMG LLP


View our Values in Action 2017 Citizenship Report here.