By Rob Arning
One of the greatest rewards of being at KPMG is hearing story after story about the impact our people are making in their communities.
Our 32,000+ people across the nation share a sense of purpose about our work and our dedication to public service. We are deeply committed to improving the communities where we live and work and harnessing our people’s skills and experience to benefit society. We draw inspiration from the immortal words of the late President George H.W. Bush who said, “We all have something to give.”
We are proud to celebrate National Volunteer Week from April 7 to 13 and take great satisfaction in the fact that our people logged close to 200,000 hours of volunteer service last year.
But apart from feeling good about doing good, we’re also learning more and more about the tangible business benefits of nurturing a corporate culture that is dedicated to stewardship and committed to leaving the world in a better place for future generations.
Like many companies we regularly survey our people to track their perceptions about work and their level of pride in being part of the KPMG family. There is a direct correlation between volunteering and employee engagement at our firm. Clearly, the more our people volunteer, the higher their level of engagement and sense of pride about working for KPMG.
There’s also a growing body of evidence about the potential health benefits of volunteering, which is critically important for an organization like KPMG that is focused on nurturing a culture where employee well-being is a key priority. A number of studies suggest that volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger and anxiety. In fact, the Mayo Clinic recently reported that volunteering may even help you live longer!
At KPMG, serving our communities is a core value. We encourage our people to channel their diverse backgrounds, experiences, opinions and passions into serving the causes that matter most to them and to their communities.
Year after year it is deeply gratifying to see the tremendous impact our firm has on so many, and how our collective efforts continue to build public trust while upholding the values upon which KPMG was founded more than a century ago.
Rob Arning is chairman of the KPMG Foundation and head of citizenship at KPMG.. For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Brandon Hatler.