About KPMG Global

About KPMG Global

With a worldwide presence, KPMG continues to build on our member firms' successes thanks to our clear vision, maintained values, and our people.

With a worldwide presence, KPMG continues to build on our member firms' successes

Through helping other organizations mitigate risks and grasp opportunities, we can drive positive, sustainable change for clients, our people and society at large.

KPMG member firms operate in 143 countries, collectively employing more than 265,000 people, serving the needs of business, governments, public-sector agencies, not-for-profits and through member firms' audit and assurance practices, the capital markets. KPMG is committed to quality and service excellence in all that we do, bringing our best to clients and earning the public's trust through our actions and behaviours both professionally and personally.

We lead with a commitment to quality and consistency across our global network, bringing a passion for client success and a purpose to serve and improve the communities in which member firms operate. In a world where rapid change and unprecedented disruption are the new normal, we inspire confidence and empower change in all we do.

Principal founding members

There were four key figures in the formation of KPMG. They are the founding members of the present organization.

  • Klynveld - Piet Klynveld founded the accounting firm Klynveld Kraayenhof & Co in Amsterdam in 1917.
  • Peat - William Barclay Peat founded the accounting firm Peat & Co in London.
  • Marwick - James Marwick established the accounting firm Marwick, Mitchell & Co in New York City in 1897.
  • Goerdeler - Dr. Reinhard Goerdeler was the first president of the International Federation of Accountants and a chairman of KMG. He is credited with laying the foundations of the Klynveld Main Goerdeler merger.


KPMG International is a Swiss cooperative and the coordinating entity for a global network of independent firms.

KPMG is a global network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International. All KPMG member firms are affiliated with KPMG International.

KPMG International carries on business activities for the overall benefit of the KPMG network of member firms but does not provide professional services to clients. Professional services to clients are exclusively provided by member firms.

KPMG International is an entity that is legally separate from each member firm. Member firms are generally locally owned and managed. 

Member firms are located in 147 countries and territories. Collectively, they employ 219,000 people.

Our structure is designed to support consistency of service quality and adherence to agreed values wherever in the world member firms operate. KPMG member firms commit themselves to a common set of values. Firms must abide by quality standards governing how they operate and how they provide services to clients.

Each KPMG member firm takes responsibility for its management and the quality of its work. Partners and professionals within those firms commit to act with integrity at all times.

Unless otherwise indicated, references in this website to a 'member firm' or 'member firms' are references to member firms of KPMG International and those entities owned, managed, and controlled by them.


Good governance ensures we stay true to our values, maintain our role in society, and build trust in capital markets.

KPMG is a global network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (‘KPMG International’).

The Global Board is the principal governance and oversight body of KPMG International. Its key responsibilities include approving strategy, protecting and enhancing the KPMG brand and approving policies and regulations. It includes the Chairman, the Chairman of each of our three regions (the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa) and a number of Senior Partners of KPMG’s member firms.

The Global Management Team works under the supervision of the Global Board, with other leadership groups, on key priorities including developing global strategy and driving alignment between KPMG member firms, functions and sectors.

The Global Council of KPMG International focuses on high-level governance tasks and facilitates discussion with and between the member firms. It includes representation from 58 member firms.

More information about KPMG's approach to governance and audit quality can be found in our Transparency Report.

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