KPMG has been announced as winner of this year’s Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the inaugural category of ‘Promoting Opportunity’ for its work on social mobility.
Commenting on the news Chris Hearld, North Region Chair at KPMG, said:
“This award is recognition of the work our people do to ensure our profession is more open and accessible to everyone. We have a long standing commitment to improving social mobility and it is wonderful to have it acknowledged in this way.
“Improving social mobility has never been more important. If the UK is to remain competitive on the global stage we need to ensure talented people have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, no matter their background.”
KPMG has taken a leading role in promoting social mobility for over a decade:
- One of the first organisations in the UK to pay employees the voluntary Living Wage.
- One of 11 founding Social Mobility Business Compact Champions appointed by Government.
- The first business in the UK to publish comprehensive workforce data measuring employee’s parental occupation and education and the type of school employees attended.
- Has co-sponsored The City Academy, Hackney, since its inception in 2009.
- Works with more than 100 secondary schools and 30 primary schools across the UK to improve disadvantaged young people’s skills and experiences of the world of work.
- Its flagship work placement programme, the ‘Discovery programme’, aims to raise awareness of opportunities into the profession for young people and to help build a diverse pipeline for KPMG’s school and college leaver programmes.
- Co-led the development of ‘The Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016’ with the National Literacy Forum in 2015.