Friday, March 30, 2012


As a part of next week’s Fourth Annual Straight for Equality Awards Gala in New York, PFLAG National has named KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm, the 2012 Straight for Equality in the Workplace honoree. The Straight for Equality in the Workplace Award acknowledges an organization with a demonstrated commitment to achieving equality for LGBT people in the workplace by educating and engaging straight allies in creating both policy and culture change.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition from PFLAG,” said KPMG Chairman and CEO John B. Veihmeyer.  “Diversity and inclusion are critical to our firm’s strategic priorities, and principles that speak to who we are as a firm, how we operate, and how we see our future.  Indeed, diversity and inclusion drive our culture, and are part of the foundation that makes KPMG one of the great places to work.  On behalf of all the people at KPMG, I am grateful to PFLAG National for recognizing our firm’s commitment to these issues.”

Veihmeyer—who will accept the Straight for Equality in the Workplace Award at the gala — was recently honored with the CEO Diversity Leadership Award from Diversity Best Practices. The organization also recognized Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, KPMG’s National Managing Partner, Diversity and Corporate Responsibility, with its 2011 Diversity Officers Leadership Award.

In its effort to move equality forward in the workplace, KPMG has created a roadmap to equality for its industry.  In 1993, KPMG added sexual orientation to its EEO Policy, and included gender identity in 2005. KPMG offers its U.S. employees and their domestic same-sex, and opposite sex, partners a variety of health and other benefits, including the recent announcement that it will immediately offer LGBT employees tax offsets for additional tax costs incurred when paying for same-sex domestic partners’ medical benefits.  The firm also offers a self-ID option in its hiring and annual firmwide employee work environment survey, and also hosts a mentorship program for its LGBT employees. The firm’s national LGBT diversity network, pride@KPMG, provides professional development and other training programs, and Pride Month is celebrated in all KPMG offices, firmwide, each June.

KPMG has earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for eight years running. KPMG was also named one of Work Life Matters magazine’s “Top Companies for LGBT Equality 2011” in October, and has been ranked for the fourth consecutive year on DiversityInc’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity.” KPMG also made three of DiversityInc’s specialty lists in 2011: The firm is currently ranked No. 1 among the Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees, No. 2 among the Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities, and No. 6 among the Top 10 Companies for Global Diversity.

“We’re proud to honor KPMG for their persistent commitment to ensuring that their LGBT employees and their families are treated equitably at work,” said Jody M. Huckaby, executive director of PFLAG National. “At KPMG, they’ve made it clear that exceeding the basics is part of how they do business – from leading their industry in policies, to leading all organizations in efforts like grossing up benefits, to seriously addressing the need for culture change at work, KPMG is a great example of an employer committed to equality at work for all.”