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John Veihmeyer Chairman, KPMG International

KPMG has made lifelong learning, based on SDG 4 (quality education), our global citizenship priority. I am motivated by a passionate belief that everyone, everywhere, deserves the educational opportunity to become literate and to achieve their full potential — an aim that is also in our enlightened self-interest as global citizens.

I’m extremely proud of the commitment demonstrated by the 190,000 people of KPMG every day to improving the communities where we live and work. We’re passionate about it, and frankly, our clients and other stakeholders expect it of us. This commitment is one of our core values, essential to who we are and critical to building trust that is the foundation of the KPMG brand.

We have joined in working toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), alongside leaders from governments, the private sector and civil society. The fourth SDG, “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” is not only a vital goal in its own right but also a key enabler of all 17 SDGs. Education and lifelong learning provide a passport out of poverty and into prosperity.

This is why KPMG has made lifelong learning, based on SDG 4 (quality education), our global citizenship priority.

I am motivated by a passionate belief that everyone, everywhere, deserves the educational opportunity to become literate and to achieve their full potential — an aim that is also in our enlightened self-interest as global citizens.

In September 2016, KPMG’s Global Board set a new corporate citizenship 2020 ambition: To inspire confidence and empower change through a global commitment to promoting and enabling lifelong learning” and to:

  • Be an influential global voice from business for learning and skills development and enabling literacy;
  • Directly empower 100,000 individuals through active mentoring, taking our skills to those needing skills; and
  • Reach millions more by enhancing our core strategic global alliances.

KPMG’s member firms across the globe are committed to lifelong learning, which amplifies our impact. As an example, KPMG’s Family for Literacy (KFFL) program began in the United States and now has distributed more than 3 million books globally. We have activities in more than 18 countries including the United Kingdom, India, Mexico and South Africa. We are also continuing our commitment to advancing sustainability and playing an active role in tackling climate change. KPMG sustainability professionals spend 1 million hours per year helping clients to improve their environmental and social performance, including reducing their carbon emissions.

Inside KPMG, we implemented our Global Green Initiative, to reduce our environmental impact, achieving a 16.77 percent net emissions reduction per full-time equivalent (FTE) between 2010 and 2015, exceeding our 15 percent target. In 2016, we evolved our Global Climate Response, with a further emission reduction target of 10 percent net per FTE by 2020, uniting KPMG’s ambitions in environmental sustainability with Sustainable Development Goals 7, 12 and 13.

We strongly believe KPMG can improve the lives of many across our nation and around the world, while also benefiting our KPMG people and creating sustianable value for our member firms.