On Wednesday 25 September more than 3,500 KPMG Australia people will volunteer their time in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The inaugural firm-wide volunteering day coincides with the UN’s Global Day of Action on its SDGs (#act4SDGs) and is part of a commitment KPMG Australia CEO Gary Wingrove made in 2016 when he co-signed a public statement in support of the UN’s SDGs.
Gary Wingrove said, “It’s through our collective efforts that we can have the most powerful and meaningful impact. It’s exciting that our people are so enthusiastic about the opportunity to participate in some really important community activities”.
Across Australia KPMG people will volunteer with more than 100 organisations such as Landcare, OzHarvest, The Banksia Project and Beyond Blue. Their volunteering will span diverse areas, such as facilitating an innovation workshop for The National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NAISDA), to providing support for homeless young people through Youth Law Australia, as well as job support skills for migrant and refugee families. There will also be activities such as tree planting, koala conservation and helping to reduce food waste.
KPMG Australia Chairman, Alison Kitchen, will spend the day with Landcare in Melbourne, working to protect local ecosystems that contribute to the sustainability and productivity of Australia’s land and water assets for the benefit of all Australians.
Gary Wingrove will be volunteering with Our Big Kitchen at Bondi, which is a community run, non-denominational, industrial kitchen where meals are prepared for distribution to disadvantaged people across Sydney.
KPMG Partner for Corporate Citizenship, Catherine Hunter said, “KPMG is passionate about the power of business to empower change in our communities. The collective impact created from this day is both unifying for our people, and raises awareness of our ability to support the UN’s SDGs and our role in finding sustainable solutions to these local and global issues”.