KPMG International has appointed Lord Michael Hastings to a new position as KPMG's global head of corporate social responsibility.

Hastings joins the firm from the BBC, where he was also chief of CSR. At KPMG, he will lead and develop the organization's involvement in CSR activities across member firms, building recognition for existing programs and developing new opportunities for corporate citizenship appropriate to different markets and geographies.

Hastings worked at the BBC for a dozen years, joining the television broadcasting corporation as both a journalist and broadcaster before becoming the BBC's head of public affairs from 1996 to 2003. Hastings was appointed head of CSR at the BBC in 2003, where he led a range of corporate and business responsibility programs

He has also served on the U.K's Commission for Racial Equality, and is currently chairman of Crime Concern, the U.K's leading non-governmental crime prevention organization. He will remain based in London.

"For KPMG, and other business organizations, CSR is about understanding and both proactively and positively managing our ethical responsibilities to our communities and the wider environment alongside our financial performance," Hastings said, in a statement.

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