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Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

LGBT+ inclusion

We empower our people to thrive with us.

We believe that everyone should come as they are to work, without fear of it impacting or limiting their opportunities and experiences. Our award winning Breathe network, is a community of LGBT+ colleagues and allies that celebrate and promote the full spectrum of LGBT+ identities and support the LGBT+ community both in the workplace and externally across the UK; actively working with clients, audited entities, LGBT+ focused charities such as African Rainbow Family and other organisations.

Commitments and recognition

We’ve committed to having 6% Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual representation at partner level by 2030.
We've been recognised as a Stonewall Top 100 Employer since 2016 and in 2023 were placed 8th in the list.
Our LGBT+ network Breathe were also awarded a Highly Commended Network Group award at the Stonewall WEI awards in 2023.

Where we are now

Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual colleagues firm-wide / 4% 1-Oct-23 spot count (1-Oct-22: 4%)
Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual colleagues at senior level* / 3% 1-Oct-23 spot count (1-Oct-22: 3%)
Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual graduates and apprentice joiners / 7% FY23 (FY22: 5%)
Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual new experienced hires / 3% FY23 (FY22: 3%)

These figures are based on the total headcount as of 1 Oct 23. This includes those that have undeclared responses, and those who have chosen to respond with “prefer not to say”.

*Colleagues at senior level includes Partners, Directors and Senior Managers

Find out more about representation across our firm here. You can also find out about our 2023 Pay Gaps and how we’re addressing them here.

Our LGBT+ action plan

Accountable leaders We have been named in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers since 2016 and were recognised in the British LGBT Awards Top 10 Inclusive Employers in 2021. Stonewall is Europe’s largest charity for LGBT+ people. They champion and fight for the rights and inclusion of all LGBT+ people in every step of their lives. The Workplace Equality Index is a competitive tool that organisations use to benchmark and measure their LGBT+ inclusion practices against other organisations.

KPMG ranked 8th, achieving a Gold award and is ranked amongst the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2023.

Our colleagues have been recognised externally for their LGBT+ inclusion leadership in the workplace. In 2023 Mel Knight, Partner and allyship sponsor for our Breathe network was awarded ‘LGBT+ Ally’ and Mariana Ceccotti our Breathe network co-chair received a ‘Future Leader’ title at this years’ INvolve Outstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists. Mariana also received the ‘Inspirational Leader’ award at the 2023 British LGBT+ awards.

We were proud to lead by example by voluntarily publishing our Sexual Orientation Pay Gap in 2020 and annually since to drive greater transparency across all of our IDE metrics.
Equitable experiences We’ve put processes in place to support colleagues who wish to change their name, gender marker and/or title on KPMG systems. We have also provided more guidance for colleagues on adding their pronouns to email signatures and on Teams.

Promoting trans inclusion is an important focus for us. We’ve updated our policy documents firm-wide to ensure that the language used is gender neutral. We’ve also updated our diversity monitoring questionnaire to include questions that enable our colleagues to disclose their trans status if they wish, and to help us better understand the diversity make-up of our firm. Last year we refreshed our trans policy and guidance documents to provide greater support to trans colleagues.
Our broader impact We join forces with LGBT+ networks in other organisations, to strengthen our work in this area. We also team up with leading LGBT+ charities, and engage in thought leadership, to help improve the workplace for everyone and the experience for LGBT+ people throughout the UK and beyond.

In the last few years, our LGBT+ network Breathe have created a transport-focused LGBT+ network with more than 50 organisations which has started a movement to implement change in this sector. Breathe are longstanding supporters of the charity Terrence Higgins Trust, who celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2022. Breathe partnered with Network Rail’s LGBT+ Network, Archway to raise £40,000 across 2022/2023 to support this milestone. In addition to this, Breathe have made a public commitment to mentor 50 LGBT+ refugees over three years in partnership with refugee charity, Tent.
Inclusive environment Our award-winning Breathe Employee Network – which celebrated it’s 20th anniversary in 2022 – exists to celebrate and promote LGBT+ awareness and to provide opportunities for colleagues to share experiences, gain guidance on professional development and to engage non-LGBT+ colleagues. The network also engages our clients in raising LGBT+ awareness.

From a recruitment perspective, we run dedicated events for LGBT+ students on university campuses and at our offices. We are the co-founders of AuthentiCity, an annual recruitment event for LGBT+ students looking to explore career opportunities in Professional Services, Finance, Fund Management or Technology, in the City. Students are offered the opportunity to meet representatives from a number of firms, including ours, to gain a valuable insight into their work and their experiences of being LGBT+ in the workplace.
Keeping LGBT+ inclusion on track

Our LGBT+ Employee Network, Breathe, aims to create and drive a positive and inclusive environment to support our LGBT+ colleagues at KPMG UK, but also foster inclusion in the wider marketplace and community too.

We’ve recently teamed up the Department for Transport and Network Rail to work on joint initiatives that are aimed at improving the experiences of the LGBT+ community throughout the UK.

In October 2021, colleagues came together to share their views on how we can champion LGBT+ inclusion at work and more specifically on public transport. And to mark World Aids Day in December, which aims to raise awareness and show solidarity for those living with HIV, we raised money for the Terrence Higgins Trust by holding collections at train stations across the country.

“Large firms like KPMG have an important role to play in driving change in wider society and can make a big impact. I’m really proud of the work that we have done and continue to do with other companies in this space. By coming together with other organisations across sectors, we’re more likely to achieve our ambitions around inclusivity and equality,” says Mariana, Co-Chair of our Breathe Employee Network.