At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. As a firm, we believe in fulfilling our corporate responsibilities and in giving back to the society by helping the community and environment at large. This is part and parcel of our endeavour to build trust in society in a broader sense. Looking after the communities and environments in which we work in isn’t just about good manners, it’s good business. We are committed to making a positive, lasting impact in our communities by sharing our time, knowledge, resources, as well as inspiring and harnessing the dedication and capabilities of our people.
Our annual Banda Street Project is one of PwC’s flagship programmes through which the Firm offers assistance and support to 500 units of low-income families and seniors living in 1-2 room rented flats in the Chinatown area. Since 2008, PwC has been collaborating with the residents’ committee to explore various ways to help improve the living condition of the elderly residents. Previous assistance offered include replacing mattresses, installing to energy efficient light bulbs and painting murals that depict the lives of Singapore's pioneer generation of residents living at Kreta Ayer as part of the SG50 Celebration.
In 2017, PwC helped Kreta Ayer Residents’ Committee setup the Connect Hub which will give residents access to computers, tablets and wifi connection. In addition, staff volunteers helped to facilitate a series of IT workshops for the seniors over 9 months – covering the basics of Facebook, Whatsapp, and navigation of government e-services. This initiative aims to encourage and increase interaction between the residents and their friends and family members through the use of technology.
PwC collaborates with YMCA to organise Overseas Community Projects (OCP) for employees to volunteer in various community activities in Southeast Asia countries, such as educating the young and building roads and schools. Since 2005, we have sent volunteers of various grades to more than ten cities in six countries including Shanghai, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Sichuan, Ho Chi Minh, Koh Rokar, Luang Prabang, Dalat, Tambaliza, Pathein and Bhakunde Besi. The expeditions include both teaching of English and skills-based workshops together with the infrastructure components.
“Despite the painful memory which Typhoon Haiyan brought to Tambaliza in 2013, the people remained resilient and warm. The harsh learning environment has not impacted their determination to gain new knowledge. The students were attentive during lessons, actively participating in the activities. The locals specially delivered an ice cold cup of corn dessert while we were in the midst of polishing bamboo under the hot afternoon sun. The cool dessert numbed all the aches from the labour work. We stayed in the school classroom without fan, electricity, reception, hot water bath, and constantly being fed on by mosquitoes. This OCP trip has been a physically draining, but emotionally fulfilling one.” - Pei Wen, OCP Philippines
Skills-based volunteering (SBV) is the practice of using work-related knowledge and expertise in a volunteer opportunity, be it an opportunity to share financial knowledge or to use your strategic skills. Activities led by skilled professionals often provide beneficiaries with a sustainable impact. We focus our efforts on sharing our skills and experience to 'Maximise the Potential' - of individuals through education in social enterprises and the NGO sector.
Through this program, we use arts as a tool for employee engagement, team bonding, ideas creation, relaxation while doing good! In 2016, we conducted an Art Therapy workshop with children from Sunbeam and Beyond Social Services as well as engaged the children from Good Shepherd Student Care with Christmas recycling art.
We invite the mobile massage team from the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) to our office to provide massage services (Head and Shoulder/Foot) to the staff at PwC. It is one of our contribution towards a more inclusive society.
Blood is needed to save lives in times of emergencies and to sustain the lives of those with medical conditions. Every hour of the day, 15 units of blood are used in Singapore. We commit to play our part in making a difference by holding an annual blood donation drive.