KPMG Launches an Initiative to help Black Employees
Big four firm KPMG recently has launched a program named KPMG Black Leaders’ Network (BLN) with the purpose to improve the prospect of more black employees representation in various business fields and that to at senior level positions.
The said Network currently consists of about fifty members, and aims to provide members with opportunity to interact and communicate with other leaders representing a diverse mix of business backgrounds and roles.
The platform will aid its members in building connections with which to experiment by testing various ideas, consultation with regards to various issues, and provide support, and will also provide the members with the opportunity to learn about issues and speakers that prompt and stimulate discussion.
Once the Network gets fully established, the area of primary focus for the Network will be to provide support and help to high performing black employees that are mainly working in junior positions so that they could make the next step and progress into leadership roles. All this can be achieved by providing those employees with role models, proper mentoring, and counseling from the other members of the BLN.
The partner at KPMG and the Black Leaders’ Network chair, Richard Iferenta, said that he believes that KPMG with this platform is making an effort to ensure that all individuals with talent and potential have access to like-minded peers so that to build professional relationships, develop knowledge, discuss and share opinions on various issues which are different and unique with regards to your personal background and this is the reason why this network has been created.
He further said that we at KPMG are in support of a culture that is diverse in nature as it is a priority with regards to meeting the needs of our clients. A setup like this also allows us to attract and secure the best talent there is available in the world. He also said that only attracting the talented individuals is not enough and we want to go a step ahead and make sure that the talent we attract and secure also progresses with time so that to ensure that future of KPMG remains in good hands.
Therefore, the BLN project is a right step in the direction of developing and growing a group of black business leaders that are able to provide mentoring and advice to the next generation. This is just the first step in making the dream of diverse leadership groups a reality