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Why are we so unprepared for an internet blackout?

By Stephen Bonner, Partner, Information Protection

Risks associated with cyber crime and malware are prevalent in boardrooms at the moment but there is one massive IT risk that surprisingly does not seem to be on the radar despite many businesses being heavily – many totally – reliant on it.

New initiative to drive access to accountancy as a profession

By Marianne Fallon, Head of Corporate Affairs at KPMG in the UK

Accountancy as a profession makes up 1.1 percent of the total employee population in the UK. Alan Milburn, the UK’s social mobility tsar, identified it as having had the largest decline of all professions in social mobility in the twelve years up to 1970.

Osborne pushes the envelope – too far?

By Dermot Callinan, Head of Private Client at KPMG in the UK

One Budget announcement aimed at turning the lights back on in empty homes in London strikes outside investors who use a corporate to make the purchase on any flat or house purchase for £500k or more – but then don’t let it. The policy objective is to encourage buy to let investment instead of property being left empty by investors who hold it just for a gain.

What I learned from Davos 2014: A sustainability view

By Vincent Neate, Head of KPMG’s UK Climate Change & Sustainability practice

Another year, another Davos. The four days of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos are always an interesting time for anyone with even the smallest interest in the future state of the planet, the business world and humanity in general. This year’s theme: The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business, reflects many of the issues KPMG’s Sustainability team have dealt with over the past 12 months.

Thoughts on Davos 2014

By Yvo de Boer, Special Global Advisor, Climate Change & Sustainability

There are some who have asked whether the World Economic Forum (WEF) serves a useful purpose. In my experience the answer to that is yes. First of all, it is a great place to meet people who are otherwise almost impossible to get hold of. How often do you bump into world leaders and chief executive officers (CEOs) around a coffee table?

Transforming Capitalism from Within launches

By Vincent Neate, Head of KPMG’s UK Climate Change & Sustainability practice

In December 2013 we were honoured to host the launch of Transforming Capitalism from Within, a call for responsible capitalism by Michael Schluter, Chairman of Relational Research Limited and Jonathan Rushworth, retired partner at law firm Slaughter & May.

Carbon fiber and e-mobility are complementary, not competing technologies

By John Leech, Partner and Head of Automotive, KPMG in the UK

Launched with much fanfare in July 2013, the all-electric BMW i3 has got everyone discussing carbon fiber, the ultra-lightweight material used extensively in the chassis.

Cyber security is companywide issue, not just tech teams

By Stephen Bonner, Partner, Information Protection

Audit committees have a critical role to play in ensuring that their organisations have robust cyber security defences.

Autumn Statement 2013 Preview

By Andrew Smith, Chief Economist at KPMG UK

Finally some good news. After three years of almost continual downgrades to the UK growth outlook on the one hand, and corresponding increases to government borrowing projections on the other, we will see a rather more upbeat Chancellor delivering his Autumn Statement on December 5. For a funny thing happened in 2013 – the economic recovery finally got underway.

Cyber Hygiene – How safe are you?

By Stephen Bonner, Partner, Information Protection

Senior executives can be a lucrative target for corporate, and sometimes state-sponsored, espionage. While this may seem like the stuff of James Bond, the reality is that cyber espionage is commonplace and often highly effective.