We are all witness to the big shifts that our society must face – the issues have become more complex, becoming intertwined with global and economic challenges. To maximize the impact that the firm can have on these sizable issues, drive greater operational efficiencies and further define our brand in the marketplace, we focus our CR efforts on three societal themes – youth education, climate change and social inclusion. And in order to succeed on our strategy, we are marshalling our resources for greater impact through our core CR commitments – Earn Your Future, pro bono, and carbon reduction. By demonstrating the collective impact of all 39,000 partners and staff, we can meaningfully impact our people, clients and communities, and demonstrate that CR is not only the right thing to do, but part of what defines who we are in every facet of what we do.
To bring our commitments to life across the firm, we have a dedicated CR team of 12 professionals. The team develops strategy and initiatives, monitors key CR performance indicators, and reports progress to both market and firmwide leadership teams. Based on periodic reviews of progress, we readjust our goals and approaches to achieve greater impact. The CR team is led by a partner, who reports to the Markets, Strategy and Stakeholders leader, a member of the USLT.
Globally, corporate responsibility at PwC is guided by the Global Corporate Responsibility Board (GCRB). The GCRB is comprised of the CR leaders from our largest member firms (the U.S. firm provides two participants), regional CR leaders, and sustainability subject matter professionals from our Assurance and Advisory practices. In keeping with standard industry practice and as a means of gaining additional insight, an external independent advisor also sits on the GCRB. The role of the GCRB is to provide governance, input, and direction to the global PwC CR strategy in alignment with PwC’s overall business strategy and to provide a forum for CR alignment across the network of member firms. The GCRB convenes quarterly and conducts one in-person meeting a year.
“We need to challenge ourselves to think beyond incremental change. We need radical, breakthrough innovation that addresses trends impacting not only us, but generations to come.”
Shannon Schuyler, Partner, U.S. Corporate Responsibility Leader