Commitment to diversityKPMG has made a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace through both internal and external initiatives, such as pride@kpmg, our People Network for our LGBT partners and people, which has members located all across Canada, including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Edmonton. Externally, we have also sponsored a large number of events in the LGBT space, including Out on Bay Street. KPMG is very proud to be one of the founding partners of Pride at Work Canada.
KPMG and Pride at Work Canada share the same values and goals concerning diversity by encouraging and supporting our members through peer communication and community outreach. We also believe that it is important to develop and nurture the recruitment and retention of LGBT people and allies by developing initiatives and programs that focus on LGBT people.
Vision for the futureKPMG believes that our future and the strength of the firm will largely depend on our ability to attract and retain a diverse workforce. Creating an inclusive workplace remains at the forefront of our overall business strategy and we will continue to encourage this by “leveraging, valuing and encouraging diversity of thought, perspective and approach to create an open and inclusive work environment where both business and personal growth can be accomplished.”
There is a cost to not being an inclusive employer. What we are talking about is sexual orientation and the importance for everyone to bring that aspect of their person to work. Studies have shown that people who don’t have to leave something at the door are going to come to work and do their job. People who live in a corporate closet are much more challenged in the workplace and therefore more subject to disability and absenteeism.