We view our strategic collaborations as another important opportunity to allow our people to share insights with organizations focused on important social and environmental issues affecting the marketplace.
As a global network of firms, PwC has committed to upholding the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), which outlines “10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.” We use the UNGC as a starting point for the Corporate Responsibility section of our Code of Conduct. We also apply the UNGC framework to our purchasing practices and have embedded the 10 principles into our Supplier Code of Conduct.
The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol), a partnership between the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), “provides the accounting framework for nearly every greenhouse gas standard and program in the world.” It allows government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage GHG emissions. We have played a leading role in the GHG Protocol Initiative and in helping to create practical guidance for organizations seeking to measure, report, and ultimately reduce their carbon footprints.
PwC is a member of the WBCSD, a CEO-led organization of companies that works with the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society, and the environment. Together with its 200 members and 60 national and regional network partners, the council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive business solutions. In addition to the efforts of the Global PwC Network to support the WBCSD, the U.S. firm participates actively in the WBCSD work programs and has supported key strategic initiatives.
CDP is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage, and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate change, water, and forest-risk information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment, and policy decisions. PwC was CDP’s global advisor from 2008–2013, providing advisory services for CDP’s climate change program regarding methodology, scoring of responses, developing the annual reports on behalf of CDP, and strengthening the link between business and CDP.
PwC made a Commitment to Action to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to address challenges in our school systems, prepare Americans to be competitive global citizens, and rethink current models that shape our economy and society. We share the CGI’s vision of inspiring, connecting, and empowering the global leadership community to find solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. In support, PwC has pledged to contribute 1 million volunteer hours and $60 million in charitable contributions towards youth education with a focus on financial literacy.
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes leaders to turn ideas into action. CGI Commitments to Action represent bold new ways that CGI members address global challenges—implemented through new methods of partnership and designed to maximize impact. Commitments can be small or large, global or local. No matter the size or scope, commitments help CGI members translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.
PwC is a signatory to this global coalition for water sustainability and has made a pro bono commitment to co-lead the Mandate’s Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines. We are working on this project with the UN and a range of global stakeholders including NGOs, corporations, and water experts.
PwC works with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees in our nation’s forests. We helped plant 45,000 additional trees in FY13, for a total of 185,000 trees planted since FY10. The trees we plant provide cleaner air and water, much-needed habitat for wildlife, serve as carbon sinks, and offer natural beauty for generations to enjoy.
PwC partnered with Earth Day Network to build a collection of sustainability curricula for Earn Your Future that link environmental sustainability with financial literacy. These lessons, with grade level targets from K-12, are available free of charge for classrooms nationwide and cover topics such as recycling, water conservation, energy use, carbon credits, and green advertising methods.