How we're supporting our communities to prosper.
Our vision is to help empower and drive opportunity in disadvantaged communities across the UK. So, where you’re from, or your background, doesn’t dictate your life chances.
We lead community projects with purpose to strengthen our society, and work collaboratively with schools, charities, community groups and other businesses to ensure we create a lasting impact, for better. Our key areas of focus are:
Since setting our refreshed Corporate Responsibility strategy five years ago, we are proud of the impact and contributions we have made supporting our local communities. Our hope is to drive change in the longer-term through our work. Social mobility requires collective action and we would like to thank our community partners and colleagues who have shared their talents, experience and time, for better.Roisin Murphy and Roisin Sharkey / Co-Heads of Corporate Responsibility, KPMG in the UK
Since 2020 we have reached 341,844 beneficiaries.
In 2020, we set out to directly reach 150,000 beneficiaries by 2025. The COVID-19 pandemic created a unique situation in which teachers were actively searching for ways to keep their pupils engaged through virtual and hybrid learning.
In 2021, we responded to this need by creating lessons, resources and platforms that could be delivered to young people without the need for KPMG volunteers to facilitate - providing greater flexibility for teachers. This led to a significant increase in the beneficiaries reached. We therefore met our 2025 target early, in 2021.
This commitment is based on the number of organisations convened through the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge, and through National Numeracy Day, of which KPMG has played a leading strategic role in championing and founding.
Through our role as lead business signatory for the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge, we champion much needed change. Established in 2015, today 88 leading businesses have publicly committed to help close the nation’s literary gap and boost social mobility.
We were also the founding supporter of National Numeracy Day in 2018, a campaign that raises awareness of the importance of numeracy in everyday life and helps people feel confident with numbers. During 2021, the campaign garnered support from 2,810 organisations. This increased to 4,800 organisations supporting the campaign in 2022.
Together, in 2021 alone, these flagship initiatives convened 2,893 organisations. We therefore met our 2025 target early.
We set out to ensure at least 30% of our community beneficiaries were in social mobility coldspots, rural and coastal locations, Opportunity Areas and areas of high deprivation by the end of 2022. This target has been met.
Building on our existing place-focused activity, we worked from a specially designed social mobility algorithm allowing us to target schools and colleges with high proportions of pupils from lower socio-economic backgrounds in the areas of greatest need.
Our place-based approach is to work in collaboration with other businesses and as part of leadership advisory teams with the Careers & Enterprise Company, Fair Education Alliance and Business in the Community. Examples of where we target outreach support include Rochdale, Oldham, the Black Country and Norwich.
At the end of 2021, our colleagues chose to support Marie Curie as our national charity for the next two years.
As of 30 September 2022, we have provided £484,653 worth of support to the charity through:
In October 2022, we made the decision to extend our partnership with Marie Curie for an additional year. This is in recognition of the current cost-of-living crisis, and demonstrates our commitment to providing support and stability through these challenging times. The partnership has shown significant opportunity in the pro bono space - we’re pleased to be able to harness this opportunity with Marie Curie, supporting their mission to ensure better end of life care for all.
We are in the process of reviewing and re-setting our long-term targets to further support our communities to prosper.
We harness the power of education to drive opportunity for those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
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We target areas of greatest need, working collaboratively with our charity partners, other businesses and local governments to address the needs that are unique to them.
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