KPMG won the ‘CSR Initiative of the Year’ at the recent Accountancy Awards held in the Mansion House. They won the award for their BOLD GIRLS programme. To address the lack of female role models in literature and to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffragette in Ireland, KPMG worked with Children’s Books Ireland (CBI) to develop a BOLD GIRLS workshop which consists of one class per week over a four-week period explaining in detail about inspiring women from history/art/every day and how they were confident, brave and bold. The workshops are designed to be hands-on, engaging, interactive, thought-provoking and fun! The BOLD GIRLS workshops aim is to break down societal barriers and to instil confidence in girls by showing them female characters in children’s books with passion, power and opinions, addressing at a young age some of the issues that stand in the way of women achieving their ambitions. In the last year 60 KPMG volunteers have delivered the four-week workshops to 32 classes and impacted over 800 students and donated over 1000 books. KPMG focuses on skills-based volunteering, using the talent and training of our staff to make a positive difference especially in the education arena. This initiative aligns with KPMG’s literacy programme and encouraging students to read but it also supports their Inclusion and Diversity strategy.