Professional services firm KPMG U.S. announced today the appointment of Rob Fisher to lead its ESG solutions initiative, KPMG IMPACT.

Launched last year, KPMG IMPACT aims to helping clients fulfil their purpose and deliver against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), utilizing a suite of data driven solutions to help enhance their ESG performance. Focus areas of the initiative include developing responsible and sustainable strategies, business models, operations and investments, measuring impact and enabling more equitable growth, integration of ESG in investment/financing/insurance/corporate finance strategies, driving business models that address climate change and carbon emissions reductions, and tracking and measuring performance.

KPMG U.S. Chair and CEO Paul Knopp, said:

“Our commitment to ESG has only accelerated with the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic and unprecedented social unrest and activism in 2020. Never before has the strong connection between the long-term good of the organization and the interests of its stakeholders and society been more apparent.”

Fisher is a Partner at KPMG, and has been with the firm for over 20 years. In addition to leading KPMG IMPACT, he serves as Service Line Leader for KPMG’s Risk Assurance practice, providing solutions for clients across the spectrum of their risk management needs including technology risk and assurance, internal audit, ERP and enterprise GRC risks and controls, internal audit and enterprise risk, and securitizations.

KPMG IMPACT’s cross-functional team includes Katherine Blue (Advisory), Maura Hodge (Audit) and Brett Weaver (Tax). Fisher will work with this team, along with industry sector leaders and KPMG’s global network to spearhead solution development, orchestrate its go-to-market effort and onboard strategic hires who have the critical skill sets to innovate its ESG service portfolio.

Today’s announcement follows the global launch earlier this year of KPMG’s own impact plan, consolidating its ESG commitments and initiatives, and classifying the firm’s sustainability programs and goals into four key categories, including Planet, People, Prosperity, and Governance. The categories align with those established with the release last year of a set of universal ESG metrics and disclosures designed to measure stakeholder capitalism by the World Economic Forum (WEF), developed with the participation of KPMG and other major professional services firms.

Fisher said:

“Our own journey has shown us the upside — and challenges — of effectively meeting the ESG imperative. Ultimately, we see both a short- and long-term opportunity to make business better.”