This weekend, in my home state of Virginia, a violent protest took place that has rippled throughout our country.
It is a sobering wake-up call about the serious work we have to do to advance inclusion in our society. As KPMG’s CEO, and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand because these horrific acts touched not only my community, but all of our communities. I am saddened by the events and extend my sympathy to those who lost loved ones.
Make no mistake: The KPMG community rejects any and all expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy. Such feelings are at odds with the American ideal that we are all created equal. This incident affects everyone and it, along with others, goes against how we must treat one another inside and outside the KPMG community.
It is critical that we each uphold the principles on which our inclusive culture is built and stand united behind our deep-rooted values. We value critical thinking and passionate debate, and encourage differing opinions. As we move forward, we will continue to embrace our differences and respect all individuals as we believe that diversity makes KPMG better and stronger.
The bias and hatred expressed in Charlottesville has no place at KPMG. We are committed to fostering a safe, open, and trusting environment for all.