Being responsible for a sustainable future is a key concern for KPMG. For this purpose, we have developed Our Impact Plan – the name of KPMG International’s global sustainability strategy, which describes how we embody corporate responsibility. In the four action areas Planet, People, Prosperity and Governance, we have made concrete commitments for our contribution to sustainable development in society.

Our values form the basis for our actions and our responsibility as a company. The value “For Better. We do what really counts” from our canon of values requires us to align economic success with social and environmental aspects. This is reinforced by our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The stated goal of the 17 SDGs is to ensure sustainable development at an economic, social and environmental level worldwide by 2030. All of this together forms the basis for KPMG in Germany’s sustainability plan.

To understand the key topics that are relevant not only to our business, but also to our stakeholders, we are continuously conducting a materiality analysis. The basis for this is a comprehensive analysis that was carried out in 2020 on behalf of KPMG International by an independent foundation in seven of our largest markets, including Germany. The perspectives of Board of Management members, external stakeholders and the informed public were analysed.

Findings from the Global People Survey and from employee surveys in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic were also included. The results were supplemented by material business risks from our Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). This international analysis was carefully validated with a focus on Germany and adjusted or supplemented accordingly.

Once again this year, we have updated the materiality analysis to align it with the needs of our stakeholders. To do this, we obtained information from internal and external stakeholders using a combination of formal and informal surveys:


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The result of the materiality analysis is eleven topics that are most relevant to both our stakeholders and our business. In this report, we present how we address these topics and how we can progress.

Reducing our environmental impact (especially greenhouse gas emissions) through environmental activities

We want to minimise our negative impact on the environment through our services and supply chain.

Employer attractiveness and recruiting

Our employees are the most important factor in the success of our company. We want to meet the needs and wishes of our current and potential future employees and always focus on them.

Promotion of further training and development

By promoting education and further training as well as the personal development of our employees, we want to put into practice our motto “Lifelong Learning”.

Inclusion and diversity as well as equality

The unique experiences and perspectives of our employees enrich us as a company. We want to encourage all employees to be themselves.

Health and well-being

We are committed to protecting and supporting the mental health and physical well-being of our employees. In this way, we want to create a safe working environment where all employees can reach their full potential.

High-quality services in the interests of the company

The services we provide to our customers are our biggest contribution to sustainable development. They should always be in line with our values and have a positive impact on society.

Innovation and customer focus

We want to contribute to the change in society and are committed to innovation so that we can overcome even the greatest challenges together with our customers.

Effective social engagement

We recognise our social responsibility. With our social engagement, we want to make a positive contribution to society.

Integrity, quality and independence

We create and maintain the trust of our clients, our employees and society by striving for the highest standards and integrity when providing our services.

Data protection and information security

Ensuring information security and the privacy of our stakeholders is our top priority.

Sustainable supplier management

Compliance with environmental and social standards within our company and with our suppliers is an essential part of our sustainability strategy. With our sustainable supplier management, we want to contribute to our climate goal by 2030.

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