KKR’s First Aid Training

Company Background

KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages investments across multiple asset classes. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people and driving growth and value creation at the asset level. Core to KKR’s values is the belief that thoughtful management of environment, social and governance issues is smart business and an essential part of long-term success.

With more than 1,200 employees, consultants and advisors around the world, KKR is committed to fostering an internal culture of health and wellness. Launched in 2011, KKR Wellness Works is a health and wellness platform that engages KKR’s employees in a variety of ways. Core to KKR Wellness Works is the idea that employees who know their key health indicators are able to make better decisions for their health and ultimately improve their well-being. KKR provides annual incentivized biometric screenings to its employees, as well as resources to help employees better understand and respond to their results. Throughout the Wellness Works program, employee privacy is of utmost importance.

Offering First Aid Training to a Global Workforce

In 2013, as part of its Wellness Works program, KKR completed a firm-sponsored cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/automated external defibrillator (AED) training and certification campaign. AED training programs prepare trainees to save the life of a coworker, friend, family member or stranger. Through the training, KKR aimed to increase the chances of survival for people who have heart-related emergencies at the workplace.

Why offer first aid programs for employees?
  • Four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home, but employees will be prepared for an emergency anywhere.
  • Approximately 360,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United Sates every year.
  • Evidence shows that for every 30 people who receive bystander CPR, one additional life is saved.

Beginning in October 2013, KKR provided all employees access to on-site, no-cost CPR and AED training administered by the American Heart Association’s HeartQuarters Training. The program was a full-service, national training solution that was able to be adapted for KKR’s international worksites, including London, Dublin, Paris, Dubai, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Riyadh, Sydney and Sao Paulo.

KKR offered employees a flexible learning approach to receive consistent, high-quality training in first aid, CPR and AED use. The training employed both online and on-site trainings, offering convenient, 24/7 access to online programs available as well as on-site, hands-on training and certification.

KKR engaged Executive Champions, including the Co-Chairmen and CEOs and other senior leadership, to participate in the training and earn their certification, demonstrating the importance of the program. Furthermore, a global communications plan and highly organized digital and on-site event management system were critical to the success of KKR’s training program.


In 2015, KKR was recognized for their lifesaving efforts with a Heartsaver Hero Award during a record-setting CPR Relay in Times Square.


More than 450 employees, nearly 40 percent, completed the online CPR training curriculum, and over 400 of those employees were certified to administer CPR and AED in emergency situations. Following the training program, KKR purchased and installed new AEDs.