Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
We empower our people to thrive with us.
We celebrate our differences and are committed to making our firm accessible to all. Disabilities can take many different forms, so we have specific support in place for those with physical disabilities, long term conditions, mental health and neurodiversity. To make sure accessibility is rooted in the beginning of all our processes, decisions and new developments, we’ve embedded champions across the business. The changes we’ve seen in people’s ways of working has created real opportunity in this space – now is the time to re-evaluate and make our firm more inclusive than ever.KPMG UK Disability Employee Network (WorkAbility) chairs
These figures are based on those that have declared this information to us (83% of employees).
In September 2022, we introduced a new flagship student recruitment event - Thrive - focussed on disability. Thrive was designed to connect with students with disabilities and long-term health conditions and create an authentic space to discuss how we support people to bring their full self to work. During the event, students were introduced to our WorkAbility network and Neurodiversity Community, and were encouraged to share their stories and learn more about career paths and life at KPMG.
Helen Cooke, CEO and Founder of the disabled student support organisation, MyPlus, joined the sessions to share her expertise, alongside our Student Recruitment team, who led sessions on our programmes and application processes.
We've also hosted events alongside Blind in Business, who help people who are blind or have partial sight get into the world of work more easily. This included sessions on how to spot strengths and prepare for interviews, before running mock interviews with KPMG colleagues.
As a firm, we’re committed to breaking down barriers and helping people with all forms of disability to thrive. Whilst our WorkAbility network aims to provide an accessible environment where we can all feel included, we recognise that colleagues with physical disabilities might have different needs to those with long-term conditions or are neurodiverse.
To help provide better support to colleagues with a range of conditions, we’ve created two new communities within our network, focused on Neurodiversity and Cancer.
“The WorkAbility network is continually looking for ways to expand and offer better support to our colleagues, particularly with our new ways of working” says Liz, Co-Chair of the WorkAbility network. “We know that neurodiversity and Cancer are experienced by many of our colleagues and we wanted to ensure we continue to provide safe environments for colleagues and share their experiences with those in similar situations.”
In 2002, when Mark was 19, he started working in the city, having deferred university for a year. He felt like his options were endless. This changed weeks later when a doctor told Mark he would be registered as severely sight impaired (blind). "At the time I thought my life was over," says Mark. "Looking back, it made me the person I am now."
Mark came across KPMG's disability network and felt it gave him a platform to develop, learn and access an incredible network of individuals both inside and outside of KPMG. He became chair of the WorkAbility network and says that this became a springboard to his career in Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. "I am proud to work for a company that values difference," says Mark. "And I'm proud to work alongside people that want you to create, and achieve, your own ambitions".Mark / Manager