KPMG receives ‘Respect Award’ from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network


New York-based KPMG has received a Respect Award from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). The award, GLSEN’s sixth annual, recognizes individual leaders and companies who have demonstrated support for GLSEN’s goal to make schools safe for all students across the nation, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.


“The focus of our corporate philanthropy has always been youth and education and we are especially pleased to be recognized by an organization that shares the same deep commitment to these issues,” said Bruce Pfau, Vice Chair, Human Resources.


In 2004, KPMG launched pride@kpmg, the firm’s network for partners and employees who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Today, the firm’s network has 12 chapters in KPMG offices across the nation. To coincide with national Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in June, KPMG also launched a national Straight Allies campaign to increase awareness, acceptance, and most importantly, respect for KPMG’s GLBT employees.


Because being a straight ally means being supportive of equality in its many forms, the campaign, which is part of KPMG’s pride network resources, includes a Web site with mentoring and personal stories that features several members of top leadership demonstrating their commitment as straight allies, as well as information about the different ways KPMG professionals can support GLBT colleagues, family members, and friends.


“KPMG has long been committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming work environment that embraces individual differences and supports the development of all our people,” said Pfau. “Building an inclusive work environment is an important step in our continued success to be a great place to work and build a career.”


In addition to receiving a Respect Award, for the fifth consecutive year, the firm scored 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. KPMG also serves as a corporate partner of The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), a sponsor of the Out & Equal Annual Workplace Summit, and a corporate sponsor of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).


Additionally, KPMG advances its commitment to youth and education through several corporate sponsorships, which are aimed at helping today’s children become tomorrow’s successful professionals. KPMG is the sole corporate sponsor of Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), a program that allows inner city children to participate in baseball and helps them with important life and academic skills. Through its Family for Literacy program and collaboration with First Book, the firm’s partners, employees, friends and relatives help place new books directly into the hands of children from low-income families.


KPMG’s diversity initiatives have been consistently recognized by national organizations. KPMG ranks sixth among DiversityInc’s Top Companies for LGBT employees, and is ranked 21 among DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity. Other recent awards include the 2009 Catalyst Award and Diversity Edge magazine’s Best Companies for Diverse Graduates (2009).