KPMG-Refugee Council Partnership

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KPMG-Refugee Council. Who are we?Why did we start working together?What have we achieved?What have we learned?Future plans?. Who are we?. KPMGKPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. KPMG, a UK LLP is a subsidiary of KPMG Europe LLP 22 offi

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1. KPMG-Refugee Council Partnership Deb Conner and Nicole Masri 4 December 09

2. KPMG-Refugee Council

3. Who are we? KPMG KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. KPMG, a UK LLP is a subsidiary of KPMG Europe LLP 22 offices across the UK 10400 partners and staff Annual sales of £1,607m in the year ended September 2008. Over 15 years KPMG has built a vibrant, and co-ordinated CSR programme 08-09 our total community contribution was £10 million and 32 percent of our people contributed 33,000 hours to the community during business hours. Refugee Council Refugee Council is the leading human rights charity working with asylum seekers and refugees in the UK Services in 4 regions London, the East of England, West Midlands and Yorkshire & Humberside 350 staff and over 500 volunteers Sector leader & membership organisation with nearly 180 members many of which are Refugee Community Organisations Funded by local, central and European government grants, grants from trust funds and corporations, individual donations Work includes direct services for adults & children, policy & research, campaigns, community development

4. Why did we start working together in 2005? Deb Earthwatch Programme-staff suggestion scheme providing great ideas to make a difference in our local communities. Cecilia Hooper was a winner in 2004 KPMG made a commitment The organisation was a good fit within our CSR Community Programme priorities The idea was a good fit for our resource and RC client needs Nicole The project proposal from KPMG was well researched, planned and resourced The project met an existing need in a new way We already worked with a client base who were a good fit for the support offered by the project KPMG expressed commitment to a sustainable long-term relationship following a successful first year

5. What has been achieved? 106 refugees have received employment support 53 volunteers have been involved in the programme Foundation has funded Inclusive Schools Report and implementation Major donors reception hosted and KPMG name used as a reference selling tool Refugee Finance Professionals report produced by Employability Forum BitC Big Tick award Professional finance support for Refugee Council Work carried out by Oxford Economics on the community investment activities of firms in the UK suggests that this programme delivers £12 of economic and social impacts for every £1 invested

6. What does our partnership look like now? Volunteer programme supporting refugee job seekers in London-involving regular training and delivery sessions Pilot programme of board advisors for Refugee Community Organisations in London, Leeds and Birmingham KPMG Manager working with RC Finance Department for 4 weeks in 2009 to review their finance procedures manual Regular programme review/development by the Programme Managers

7. What have we learned? First impressions count and follow through really counts Trust takes time Established partnerships need care and regular attention Cash is essential Relationships need to be bigger than the people who are involved Great oaks do not always grow from small acorns Great ideas do not always work It works best when we travel side by side

8. Future plans Support the Refugee Council to re-tender for asylum support services Support the development of the volunteer programme Provide professional support for the Refugee Council as well as its clients Ensure that we both leverage the relationship Ensure refugees are included in government Panel of Fair Access to Professions KPMG – we would like to grow the partnership and volunteer programme

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