Here's a feather in the KPMG hat: The accounting firm and its 25,000 partners and employees across the United States was named a Leadership Partner in the International Year of Volunteers celebration in the United States, or IYV 2001 US.
KPMG will partner in all activities in IYV 2001, which was decreed by vote of the United Nations General Assembly. IYV 2001 will celebrate the achievements of volunteers worldwide and create thousands of new volunteer opportunities. The sponsorship was recognized at a special reception with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan at New York City's Lincoln Center on Nov. 27.
"KPMG's longtime commitment to community service makes them an ideal partner for IYV 2001," said Norman Brown, co-chairman, International Year of Volunteers, United States Committee.
"At KPMG, community service is a core value, and an important part of our corporate culture," said Bernard J. Milano, president of the KPMG Foundation. "We look forward to spreading the message of community service around the globe."
KPMG was a sponsor of Netaid, a worldwide web-cast concert to raise awareness about global poverty. The firm created the netaid.org website, which continues to provide information about international volunteering opportunities.
KPMG recently announced a new firm-wide volunteerism initiative, Involve, and has created strategic partnerships with several charitable and other volunteerism organizations. The Involve program has already been successfully pioneered at KPMG offices in six cities, including Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.