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Firm Named One of Canada’s Greenest Employers For 2010

Tania Carnegie, National Director of Community Leadership, KPMG LLP, will be one of over 20 panelists presenting at the Green Employers 2010 Conference, at the Fairmount Royal York Hotel. More than 15 CEOs and senior-level executives and winners of the Canada’s Greenest Employers awards will also be present at this event.

“Sustainability is a priority at KPMG,” said Carnegie. “As a firm with offices in over 30 communities across Canada, we recognize the positive environmental impact of our operations.”

Launched in 2007, the Canada’s Greenest Employers competition is organized by the editors of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations. These employers have developed exceptional earth-friendly initiatives, and are attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental leadership.

Some of the reasons why KPMG was selected as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers 2010 include:

–   internationally, KPMG’s “Global Green Initiative” commits the firm to reduce its international carbon footprint by 25 percent by the end of this year (compared to the baseline year of 2007) through energy conservation and use of renewable energy

–   in Canada, the firm established a Environmental Performance  Initiative (EPI) in 2007 that formalized its commitment to address its Canada-wide environmental performance and programs – with a focus on paper usage, waste reduction and lowering the firm’s overall carbon footprint

–   recently moved into its new head office in downtown Toronto that is being built to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard – a landmark skyscraper designed to consume 40 percent less energy than comparable buildings

–   the firm has implemented formal paper reduction strategies for its day-to-day operations, moving to double-sided printing (where possible) as a default as well as introducing electronic only communications for billing and faxing – saving millions of sheets of paper every year 

Additional KPMG accomplishments over the past year include: 

–   Revised sourcing policies for the paper it uses. Print and copy paper must contain at least 30% recycled content, be Canadian sourced and come from sustainably managed forests. 

–   Enhancing measurement of emissions related to business travel, and aims to achieve its reduction target through IT alternative to travel. 

–   Continued offering of two energy efficiency programs to support KPMG  people to reduce their footprint at home, including defraying a portion of the cost. 

“Our commitment to environmental leadership doesn’t end with this award,” said Carnegie. “One of KPMG’s core values is its commitment to the communities in which we live and work, and which includes reducing our firm’s overall impact on the environment through the implementation of our new business strategy.”

Each employer nominated for this award is evaluated by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in terms of: (1) the unique environmental initiatives and programs they have developed; (2) the extent to which they have been successful in reducing the organization’s own environmental footprint; (3) the degree to which their employees are involved in these programs and whether they contribute any unique skills; and (4) the extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer’s public identity and whether they attract new people to the organization.

About KPMG in Canada

KPMG LLP, a Canadian limited liability partnership established under the laws of Ontario, is the Canadian member firm affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. Member firms operate in 144 countries and have more than 137,000 professionals working around the world.

The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International, a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity, and describes itself as such.

For further information: or to arrange a media interview, please contact: Mark Klein, Manager, Media Relations, KPMG in Canada, [email protected], (416) 777-3895; Julie Bannerjea, Head of Media Relations, KPMG in Canada, [email protected], (416) 777-3243