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KPMG signs pledge in support of equality

This month, KPMG LLP, a professional service firm providing audit, tax, and advisory services, signed the UNITY Pledge in support of fully inclusive non-discrimination policies in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations for all Arizonans, including gay and transgender people.   KPMG LLP joins nearly 2,000 businesses and organizations including GoDaddy, Fry’s Food & Drug Stores, Yelp, Uber, Professional Firefighters of Arizona, PetSmart, and Coca-Cola in supporting a fully inclusive Arizona.

KPMG International’s member firms employ more than 174,000 professionals in 155 countries, including 9,000 partners. KPMG LLP, the U.S. firm, employs more than 29,000 professionals, including more than 1,900 partners.

“KPMG is proud to foster a high-performance culture, one that’s defined by having the best people, with the skills and determination to deliver above and beyond,” said Lisa Daniels, Phoenix Office Managing Partner. “We know that our ability to successfully sustain a high-performance culture also requires that our people be as diverse as the clients we serve, and the communities in which we live and work,” concluded Lisa Daniels, Phoenix Office Managing Partner.  

Currently, five municipalities have ordinances that ban discrimination; however, Arizona has no statewide laws that protect gay and transgender individuals from being fired based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, or discriminated against in housing and public accommodations. 

Created by ONE Community, a member-based coalition of LGBTQ and allied individuals and businesses; the UNITY Pledge is a public declaration to support and advance workplace equality and non-discrimination policies in housing and public accommodations for LGBTQ individuals and their allies in Arizona.

“We thank KPMG for signing the UNITY Pledge and being open for business to everyone,” said Angela Hughey, President of ONE Community. “Our friends at KPMG understand that diversity and inclusion build better teams and better products.  Their commitment to building a workforce around the tenets of equal treatment is a model we hope that all businesses will emulate,” concluded Hughey.

“It’s a true honor to work for such a remarkable company that provides a platform for diversity and inclusion initiatives.” said Ryan Starzyk, Pride at KPMG Arizona Leader.