Two core values are at the forefront of KPMG’s involvement in TRIEC Mentoring Partnership: diversity and community leadership.
The firm has been a partner in TRIEC Mentoring Partnership since 2005, and to date, 290 of their employees have provided mentorship to 500 newcomer professionals looking to reconnect with their careers in Canada. In fact, 42% of their mentors have mentored more than once – a testament to the value that employees find in the program.
In terms of their commitment to diversity, KPMG has long understood that diversity in thought and experiences is what will ultimately allow them to deliver a differentiated service experience to their clients. The firm has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Best Employers for Diversity for eight years running, an achievement they are hugely proud of.
Being a Community Leader for KPMG is about channeling their collective experience, skills and energy to drive positive social change and enable their communities to thrive.
The firm’s work with TRIEC Mentoring Partnership has other benefits– in particular, the benefits it brings for their staff. Mentoring fosters the inclusion and integration of new Canadians into their workforce and gives KPMG employees firsthand experience with a global perspective.
“Mentoring is a key part of the KPMG culture and has a played key role in the careers of KPMG professionals”, says Kunal Verma, Senior Manager, Audit, Consumer and Industrial Markets. TRIEC Mentoring Partnership provides KPMG professionals with a platform to extend this culture outside the firm to mentor foreign trained professionals.”
Ultimately then, being a part of the program comes down to leadership: by being leaders in in the community, KPMG gives their employees the chance to develop their own leadership skills.
Says Kunal, “Leadership at KPMG means driving positive change – in our culture, our people and our communities. Achieving this 500 match milestone with TRIEC Mentoring Partnership is testimony to the KPMG professionals who have driven positive change in the lives of new immigrant professionals.”
Kunal understands the value of mentorship: it has also impacted on him personally. He adds: “I have been very fortunate to have worked with many strong mentors from across the firm throughout my 11 years at KPMG. This has made me a more well-rounded professional and has taught me diverse skills and insights.”
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