As a signatory to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, we are working closely with the UN to deliver on our commitments and align to their IWD 2024 theme, which is Invest in women: Accelerate progress.

This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating inspiring women from our present, and our past. 

One hundred years ago, Ethel Watts became the first woman to qualify as a chartered accountant through examination to the ICAEW. Shortly after her exams, she joined Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co, as its only female accountant. This firm was created through a merger by two of KPMG’s founding fathers, William Barclay Peat and James Marwick.

Today, KPMG member firms continue to support and foster an inclusive and diverse culture where everyone feels they can come as they are. 

KPMG remains committed to gender equity. 

Globally, we set an intention to have women in 33 percent of leadership roles by 2025, which includes partners and directors. We are pleased to see progress reflected in our results, with our global women in leadership rising to 29.4% as of October 2023.

To accelerate progress, we have set ourselves a series of milestones to support all of our member firms to attract, retain and advance diverse talent as we approach our collective goal by 2025.  

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