KPMG steals BBC's Lord Hastings

‘Big-four’ accountancy firm KPMG has poached Lord Michael Hastings from the BBC for a newly created global head of CSR post.

With offices in 144 countries, KPMG is keen to better co-ordinate its CSR efforts. Hastings will apply models from the firm's CSR programmes in the UK and US to other countries.

Hastings spent 12 years at the BBC, joining as a journalist and broadcaster. He became the corporation's head of public affairs in 1996, before becoming head of CSR in 2003. He exits on 19 May.

He has also worked for the Commission for Racial Equality and is the current chairman of Crime Concern.

For the past two years, KPMG – which has a reputation for working with big governments and wealthy multinationals – has published a global CSR report.

Last year, KPMG UK was one of a group of firms that donated £3.5m for a start-up charity providing grants to young overseas volunteers.
KPMG International CEO Mike Wareing is joint chairman of Engage, which promotes staff volunteering.

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