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More than 100 people gathered on July 7 to plant flamboyant trees alongside the roads of Qui Duc commune in Binh Chanh district, Ho Chi Minh City. The activity affirms KPMG’s commitment to protect the environment and make a positive impact on society.
Lam Thi Ngoc Hao, deputy director of KPMG Vietnam, said that the company is one of the largest professional services firms in Vietnam.
"On our annual community day, KPMG employees will stop work to participate in a range of activities to give back to our communities and demonstrate one of our most important core values—we are committed to our communities," she said.
Qui Duc is in the process of building a new countryside during 2016-2020. Therefore, environmental protection is important to the development of the commune.
“By planting trees we not only create green spaces for the community, but also contribute to environmental conversation on sustainable development,” Hao noted.
In addition to planting trees in Binh Chanh, KPMG staff also dedicate time and effort to build bridges, renovate libraries, and work with orphans and school children in seven cities and provinces across Vietnam.
The firm has joined forces with non-governmental organisations like SOS Children’s Villages, Christina Noble Children’s Foundation (CNCF), Sat Canh Cung Gia Dinh Viet programme (VOH), and Vietnam Clean and Green to make a difference in society and "inspire a brighter community."
“As a company with over 1,000 staff in Vietnam and Cambodia, we are passionate about strengthening our relationship with local communities,” explained Warrick Cleine, KPMG Vietnam CEO. “This is our 5th Community Day in Vietnam. What you see when we spend the day volunteering is our team’s commitment to the firm’s values and corporate social responsibility.”
KPMG teams from three offices in Vietnam and Cambodia took part in KPMG Community Day 2017. Altogether 918 KPMG employees from the two countries contributed over 6,000 volunteer hours at 15 projects. On top of this, KPMG donated approximately $24,000 towards community day activities and their 12 local community partners in the two countries.
“We were so pleased to receive KPMG’s donation to renovating our school, and welcome the work of 50 staff who came to spend a day with us to do some of the repairs and painting of the school, as well as building a library today,” said Le Thi Thanh Thuy, principal of Tan Hanh C Primary School.
Of the 918 staff in Vietnam and Cambodia, 140 new faces participated in KPMG Community Day. “Today, as a proud new member of the team, I hope to inspire others to volunteer with a local community group and give back to society,” said Nguyen Thi Tuyet Nhung, a new graduate who recently joined KPMG’s Ho Chi Minh City office.