KPMG dis­tances it­self from racist rant

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

PORT OF SPAIN (CMC):

THE AU­DIT, tax and ad­vi­sory firm, KPMG, has sought to dis­tance it­self from one of its man­agers who used so­cial me­dia to post a ‘racist’ state­ment re­gard­ing black peo­ple in Trinidad and Tobago.

Sachin Boodram, an au­dit man­ager at KPMG, last week posted on Face­book that the “Ma­jor­ity of crime in Trinidad is in pre­dom­i­nantly black com­mu­ni­ties”, and that most of those in the jails here were black peo­ple.

He said also that many “pre­fer” to be un­em­ployed and “to sell drugs”. Boodram said that the ma­jor­ity of busi­ness own­ers are “robbed by blacks”.

But in a state­ment on its Face­book page, KPMG said that it was “deeply dis­turbed by the com­ments” and wanted to “as­sure you that the per­sonal views and opin­ions of in­di­vid­ual staff mem­bers are not, nor will they ever be, that of our firm.

“We con­demn, in the strong­est pos­si­ble terms, the com­ments and any act that pro­motes racism in Trinidad and Tobago and across the globe. We do not act im­pul­sively on sen­si­tive is­sues as all our de­ci­sions are based on care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion of the facts of the sit­u­a­tion.

IN­VES­TI­GA­TION LIKELY

“Con­se­quently, any acts com­mit­ted by our em­ploy­ees that go against our values or poli­cies are thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gated to es­tab­lish the facts, thus en­sur­ing that the re­sul­tant dis­ci­plinary ac­tions are just and com­men­su­rate with the sever­ity of the vi­o­la­tion. This sit­u­a­tion is no dif­fer­ent,” KPMG said.

It said that as a firm and as in­di­vid­u­als, “we have no tol­er­ance for ha­tred or racism in any form.

“When such bias raises its ugly head in our firm, we move swiftly to deal with it and use the op­por­tu­nity to re­it­er­ate our values to our staff and to coun­sel them on what we con­sider to be ac­cept­able be­hav­iours in a mut­li­cul­tural world.

“We want to as­sure all that at KPMG in Trinidad and Tobago, we em­brace the virtues of in­clu­sion and di­ver­sity, as we strive to in­spire con­fi­dence and em­power change in the world in which we live. You can rest as­sured that our in­ter­nal in­ves­tiga­tive and dis­ci­plinary process is thor­ough and will re­sult in ac­tion that is just, fair and pro­por­tion­ate to the egre­gious na­ture of this act,” the com­pany added.

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