We support our suppliers to accelerate environmental, social and governance action.
Working with key suppliers as part of our Sustainable Procurement Programme, we are driving change in their organisations and beyond.
With over 1,800 active suppliers, the impact and reach we can have if we harness our influence is vast. Our Sustainable Procurement Programme is ESG-focused and backed by science-based targets. It drives improvements in areas such as sustainability and inclusion, diversity and equity, by encouraging our supplier organisations to become more transparent on their ESG performance and to make commitments to improving this performance. To support our suppliers on this journey, we share our own insights on best-practice and run training sessions too.
When setting our own science-based targets, we made a bold commitment to significantly reduce the carbon impact of our supply chain. Our supply chain accounts for a significant proportion of our firm’s environmental footprint and we know we have a responsibility to help our suppliers on their journey and work collaboratively with them to share best-practice.
We ask our suppliers to report their carbon data, helping us to measure, and encourage, progress. In 2023, there was a 61% increase in supplier responses to the annual CDP disclosure.
To help share best-practice, we facilitate roundtables, workshops and webinars for organisations in our supply chain. These cover topics such as: the importance of reducing emissions; what good reporting looks like; and the approach to setting science-based targets. We also facilitate events for suppliers and industries that need extra support.
We encourage our suppliers to pay the Living Wage rate or above and pursue accreditation and we are proud to have one of our colleagues as the Chair of the Living Wage Foundation Advisory Council. As an accredited Living Wage Employer, we require that sub-contracted and supplier staff working in KPMG offices are paid the applicable Living Wage or London Living Wage by their employers. Since the increase in Living Wage in November 2023, KPMG has been engaging with suppliers who provide personnel to work in our offices to confirm salaries have been increased in line with the update.
We work with our strategic suppliers to create and promote inclusive environments. Our Sustainable Procurement tender questions and Supplier Code of Conduct reiterate our expectation on suppliers to promote inclusion, diversity and equity within their businesses.
As a professional services firm, our most significant risks in relation to modern slavery are in our supply chain.
In October 2023 our annual Modern Slavery training was delivered to the Procurement team, covering the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the supply chain risks and how to address these with suppliers and through sourcing. This year we also extended our training to Supplier Managers who are responsible for managing our strategic suppliers.
Case studies were used to enhance the team's understanding, as well as how to review an organisation’s Modern Slavery statement and what best practice looks like.
The majority of our procurement spend resides in the UK and the US. According to the Global Slavery Index, these geographies have a lower prevalence ranking for modern slavery, however we are acutely aware that slavery-like practices can and do occur in the UK and US in certain higher risk categories.
Of our six major categories of procurement facilities, technology and travel are exposed to the highest risks of modern slavery. The labour in these procurement categories tends to be base-skilled, manual labour and the workers tend to be vulnerable populations including migrant workers. These risks have been identified through our risk assessment processes and are managed through our rigorous due diligence procedures.
Suppliers that are rated as high and medium risk in the risk assessment process are subject to additional due diligence through a self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ). The SAQ is biannual and is based on the Modern Slavery Assessment Tool (MSAT) produced by the UK Government. The SAQ focuses on the key policies and procedures that suppliers have in place to identify, assess, and address modern slavery risk in their operations and supply chains. Of the 59 SAQ’s completed by our suppliers as part of our enhanced due diligence processes:
* Not all of our suppliers are required by law to produce a Modern Slavery Statement. Of those that are required to produce one, 100% confirmed they have met these legal obligations.
We are engaging with our suppliers who scored poorly in the SAQ to discuss their approach to modern slavery risk management further. Where necessary, we will provide these suppliers with recommendations on how to improve their modern slavery control environment.