KPMG announced it will be celebrating Earth Day, April 22, with a week dedicated to environmental sustainability service projects in the Big Four’s 90 offices throughout the U.S.
Beginning on April 21, “Living Green Week” will include projects like performing clean-ups and tree and flower plantings in local parks, teaching environmental awareness programs at schools affiliated with KPMG’s Family for Literacy program and holding re-use and recycling drives for local charities.
"Sustainability is fundamental to our business strategy," stated Kathy Hannan, national managing partner for diversity and corporate responsibility at KPMG. "Our Living Green program focused on environmental sustainability is integrated into the way we do business—from recruiting to operations, to supplier relationships, to the way we serve our clients and the impact we make in the communities where we live and work."
Additionally, KPMG is introducing an initiative in collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant a Ponderosa pine tree in California’s Tahoe National Forest for each new KPMG hire. The program supports the reforestation efforts of the 150 acres burned by fire in late 2011.
"For our new hires, the tree planting initiative serves as an important introduction to KPMG's commitment to corporate responsibility," stated Hannan. "I also want our people to understand the role they play in helping drive KPMG's commitment to sustaining the environment."
Also part of Living Green Week is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 24, which invites the children of KPMG professionals to participate in environmental awareness activities like potting plants and eco-friendly demonstrations. The theme of the day is “Plant a Seed, Grow a Future.”