PwC places leadership at the core of its strategy, including in its corporate social responsibility policy. The underlying commitment requires not only doing what is right for clients and staff but also doing what is right for the community and environment - because awareness of and concern for environmental issues make us better citizens and more relevant business partners. At PwC we have committed to channel our efforts to green our operations. We have a Green Committee within the firm that works to raise this awareness amongst staff and clients. This Committee includes members from the partner group and staff working within the different lines of service of the firm.
As part of our efforts we are committed to carry out the following activities:
In carrying out an internal survey in 2010 across the firm we aimed to capture the general attitudes of the people working at PwC towards the environment and related green issues, namely; use of energy, paper wastage, recycling, travelling habits and care for the general environment. In analysing responses to this survey, we extracted meaningful patterns and carried out observations at the office. The emerging key points were taken forward and discussed further during interviews with staff. This project has proposed a number of recommendations aimed at addressing particular shortcomings as arising from the results of the survey. This snapshot is meant to be a useful tool, primarily, in understanding where our staff stands, and also to shape a roadmap of future initiatives by the Green Committee.
We have implemented a number of green initiatives in both of our offices. These include:
We constantly strive to improve our performance through regular communication and awareness across all our staff to motivate increased take-up of these practices and to come up with new measures and improvements.
In addition to the initiatives that we endeavour to implement internally, we also aim to assist clients in placing the environment, and more broadly sustainability, at the core of their business operations through our sustainability services.