Sustainability

How we can help

Total Impact Measurement and Management

We can help you value your business’s social, environmental, tax and economic impacts, compare the total impacts of your strategy and investment choices, and manage the trade-offs.

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Embed sustainability into strategy

We can help you develop and integrate a detailed sustainability vision into your strategic planning, enabling you to leverage the sustainability agenda to extend your strategic advantage.

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Report clearly and in compliance

We can help you communicate your organisation’s sustainability performance and report on your corporate activities to support climate change, resource scarcity and socially responsible investing.

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Build a ‘green’ supply chain

We can help you build a supply chain that’s both environmentally responsible and financially efficient.

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Manage sustainability risks and improve compliance

We can help you assess how compliant you are with sustainable development policies, advise you about the impact on any operational changes you’re planning and suggest areas for improvement.

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Understand and manage ‘green’ taxes

We can help you understand and manage the taxes, incentives and regulations that governments worldwide are introducing as part of their sustainability and climate change policies.

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Get ‘climate’ smart

We can help you save money, while making sure that your business model is resilient and able to adapt to change, be it climate change, economic change or regulatory change.

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Build risk confidence

We can help you look at your risk processes, policies, systems and controls holistically, with a fresh eye. We can provide independent insight and guidance, enabling you to improve the resilience of your business, not to mention your confidence.

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Becoming sustainable

The importance of sustainability now goes far beyond environmental issues, as the need to behave responsibly becomes a key aspect of strategy and operations, maintaining brand and reputation and seeking good growth. And that’s true irrespective of the sector in which a company operates.

Traditionally, ‘heavy’ industries like resources, utilities, transportation and manufacturing have attracted most scrutiny. But no company, no matter what it does, can now afford to take its eye off its environmental, economic, tax and social impact. If it does, non-governmental organisations, activists, social networks, the media and its customers will soon hold it to account. Its good name will be badly damaged and it could even lose its licence to operate.

What does this mean for your business?

It’s clear that behaving in a responsible way is imperative, both for individual organisations and the economies and societies in which they operate. That’s why many companies are working hand in hand with governments to tackle risks like climate change, secure the natural resources they need responsibly and promote ‘good growth’ that’s not only financially, socially and environmentally sustainable but also real, inclusive, responsible and lasting.

More and more companies are also changing the way they engage with their stakeholders, recognising that many customers now factor environmental, social, economic and corporate responsibility practices into their purchasing decisions. There’s a pressing need, particularly in emerging markets – where younger, more socially aware buyers tend to drive consumption patterns and dominate talent pools – for companies to offer products and services that are closely matched to local environmental and social needs and concerns.

 

View our latest Sustainability research and insights

 

The PwC Family Business Survey 2014

Explore growth, succession and global trends impacting family businesses today.

Oct 15, 2014

 
 

Water disclosure guidelines for business

With water stress increasing, business is improving the way it uses water. Water management and water disclosure are now important. New best practice guidelines available.

Oct 13, 2014

 
 

Water: Challenges, drivers and solutions

A report on the dynamics and patterns of water management to support the development of models for tomorrow.

Sep 15, 2014

 
 

We the urban people

Demographics are a knowledge tool around which policymakers in business, government, and education can understand the flow of emerging needs and can develop strategies to advance the well being of urban people and communities.

Jun 16, 2014

 
 

The Trust Agenda

CEOs are increasingly seeking “good growth,” aligned with business ethics and sustainability. Dennis Nally explores the importance of building trust for business.

May 14, 2014

 
 

Spotlight on human rights reporting

Most businesses haven’t a clue how to report their human rights impacts successfully. Patrick Shaw-Brown explains what to say and how to say it well.

May 14, 2014

 
 

CEO Survey: Tax Perspectives

Business leaders know they have to stay competitive, they have to innovate for the future and attract the skills and investment they need. Against this backdrop, tax matters even more.

May 2, 2014

 
 

Green Deal signed on impact measurement in the Netherlands

A coalition of 13 Dutch companies has agreed to measure their societal impact and report the results.

Apr 14, 2014

 
 

Best in class

This special report was presented in summary at APPEA's 2014 Conference in Perth on 7 April 2014. It was prepared in co-operation with APPEA and its members by PwC's oil & gas productivity consulting practice with the aid of the US oil & gas practice of Strategy& (PwC's newly launched brand for the recently acquired Booz & Co. global strategy house) as well as Gaffney, Cline & Associates.

Apr 7, 2014

 
 

17th Annual global CEO Survey: Industry Focus: Power & utilities

With an energy transformation on the horizon, power & utilities CEOs are counting on technology, but they’ll also need to do more to build customer trust.

Feb 12, 2014