Empowering our communities

Increasingly over the past decade, and now with the adoption of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, society expects business to demonstrate its values and the societal value it creates.

A commitment to Citizenship helps to define the role and purpose of business in society. It shows that a business is helping to shape the world while building trust in itself, through partnerships with governments and civil society. This is reflected not only in how a company operates, but also how it empowers its communities and wider stakeholders.

KPMG endeavors to empower our communities and inspire confidence through our actions and investments, working to help lift people beyond poverty and help ensure economic growth is balanced with the need to sustain our environment.

In September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), more commonly known as the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, to make our world more prosperous, inclusive, sustainable and resilient. The Global Goals are an ambitious plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. They are universal, applying to all nations and people, seeking to tackle inequality and leave nobody behind. The ambition is to end extreme poverty and hunger by 2030.

Lord Dr Michael Hastings CBE, Global Head of Citizenship, KPMG International

Lord Dr Michael Hastings CBE, Global Head of Citizenship, KPMG International

KPMG has been helping to shape the Global Goals with others in business and community organizations, participating in events held in conjunction with the four related UN Summits: The World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (Sendai, March), The Conference on Financing for Development (Addis Ababa, July), The Summit to Adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (New York, September) and the Conference on Climate Change (Paris, December).

Our approach to citizenship has four components that can help deliver upon the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development:

  • Inclusive development
  • Advancing sustainability
  • Lifelong learning
  • Business and human rights

To find out more about KPMG’s Citizenship programs please visit

David Okwara

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One Response to Empowering our communities

  1. Austine Akpaka January 12, 2016 at 10:13 am #

    Good one indeed. I think we need such publications to permeate our frontline media platforms, The journey to the top is not always smooth, all we need to do is to remain disciplined and focused on the principles of growth and development. Growth is not a miracle, successful economies we have today did not get there by accident. There are revealed principles and means which when applied would yield great results. The challenge we experience in most Afrcian countries including Nigeria is the application of KNOWLDGE . We have leaders who are well read, could lecture you on the economy but there words have no foundation and effect on the economy because actionable steps are not taken to cement such there words.
    We have prayed, hoped, anticipated for good governance, even though some of those in power have good intentions to effect positive changes, they are have limitations put on them by the system. Curruption is no doubt our major challenge, not for the leaders only but for every body that’s part of the system. The government cannot eliminate it but we the people have the power to do so. It’s not a fight to be fought by only those in power. It’s a fight to be fought by everyone, starting with or from the family, the schools, offices, churches, mosques etc. All the leaders we had in the paste who looted public funds committed to their trust were not foreigners but our people brought up amongst us. So a nation or country deserves the leadership it gets. The solution is to change our value system, starting from the areas mentioned above. Our love and worship of money must change that’s why you can’t blame the leaders totally for it, even in a home respect is usually granted more to the one who has more money, this happens in religions organizations and more and this indeed is the root of all problems we have faced. We have hastened to get rich and left the ground and pillar of solid economy behind. When you teach the younger generation the right values they will grow up to implement them let’s make effort to teach our children the right thing before they even get to the schools then they will follow the right part, but trying to change them when they get into a political office would not work. The campaign should start from where we are and make effort to teach the younger generations the right principles knowing that every child is our child and future. We cannot predict today the future president in the next 20/30 years but we can determine and predict the outcome of his reign and leadership if we impact the right principle or value to that child beside us today. Let’s join hands to build and strengthen our nation in the right direction.

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