Diversity, environment and volunteerism catalyst to Top 100 Award in 2009 - KPMG recognized as top employer in nation wide survey for sixth year

    TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - KPMG has made the Canada's Top 100 Employers list
published annually in Maclean's magazine. This recognition is awarded to
companies that are leaders in their people programs - in everything from
benefits and work environment, to employee communications and learning and
    In this year's Top 100 application, KPMG chose to highlight its Diversity
efforts, Environmental Performance Initiative and Community Involvement
programs - including KPMG Volunteers, which is now heading into its fifth
    "Our intention for the Top 100 Award in 2009 was to place an emphasis on
our corporate social responsibility initiatives at KPMG," said Mario Paron,
Chief Human Resources Officer, KPMG. "We recognize that our employees want us
to adopt and facilitate opportunities for volunteerism within the firm, and
our goal has been to integrate this aspect into our corporate culture."
    Now entering its ninth year, Canada's Top 100 Employers project is a
national competition to determine which employers lead their industries in
offering exceptional workplaces for their employees.
    "Diversity continues to be a key business driver for KPMG in 2008, "said
Michael Bach, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, KPMG. "Clearly, this is
evidenced by the recent announcement of the firm's new Partners, Associate
Partners and Senior Principals for 2008, of which 47 percent are women and
visible minorities. We are committed to making even greater strides in this
    To develop this year's Top 100 list, Mediacorp examined the recruitment
histories of over 75,000 employers across Canada that it tracks for its
popular job search site, Eluta.ca. From this initial group, Mediacorp invited
10,000 of the fastest-growing employers, plus 6,000 other companies and
organizations in industries that Mediacorp editors wanted to examine more
closely, to apply for this year's competition. Employers were asked to
complete an extensive application process that included a detailed review of
their operations and HR practices. Over 2,000 employers started this year's
application process.

    About KPMG in Canada

    KPMG LLP, a Canadian limited liability partnership established under the
laws of Ontario, is the Canadian member firm affiliated with KPMG
International, a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax,
and Advisory services. Member firms operate in 145 countries and have more
than 123,000 professionals working around the world.
    The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG
International, a Swiss cooperative. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and
separate entity, and describes itself as such.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Shilpa Kotecha, KPMG,
skotecha@kpmg.ca, (416) 777-8918; French media, please contact: Isabelle
Petibon, KPMG, ipetibon@kpmg.ca, (514) 840-8067

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