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Corporate responsibility

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Through Corporate Responsibility we're on a journey to make every decision, every day, count—towards a sustainable future. Through the United Nations, the world has agreed to a set of sustainable development goals—to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Businesses need to be part of the solution—including ours.

At PwC Canada, we understand the importance of having a deep commitment to sustainable and responsible business practices and believe our firm has a unique opportunity to use our skills, voice and relationships to act as a catalyst for change in the world around us. We embrace this commitment and will continue to play a leading role in helping others do the same.

Committing to Net Zero by 2030

In 2020, PwC Canada joined the global PwC network of firms in a commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. 

This commitment includes a science-based target to reduce absolute emissions by 50% against a 2019 baseline, which is aligned to a 1.5 degree global temperature rise scenario.

We’ll get to Net Zero through:

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Continued energy efficiency improvements

in our offices and halving the emissions associated with business travel and accommodation.

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Continued use of 100% renewable electricity

and our investment in carbon removal projects.

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Working with our clients and suppliers

to help reduce emissions up and down our value chain and support efforts to decarbonize the economy.

Our focus

Our goals are to continue encouraging our people to engage in meaningful community experiences that build capabilities; recognizing our people for their community work; developing relationships across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, especially through the development of thought leadership and evaluating our current programs to encourage innovation.

Read more in our annual report

We’re building awareness of our environmental footprint and taking measurable steps to reduce it through our daily practices.

PwC Canada’s renewed environmental policy outlines our commitment to reducing the environmental impacts of our operations and activities. You can find a link to the policy on our website. We continue to engage our employees in a dialogue about environmental stewardship and make progress towards measuring and monitoring our footprint.

Read PwC Canada's Environmental Policy

Read more in our annual report

At PwC Canada, we’re all responsible for helping sustain an inclusive work environment so we can unlock everyone’s potential. Diverse teams are innovative because each member has a distinct point of view and can offer a broad range of ideas. To solve important societal issues, we build trusting relationships, work to find common ground and identify areas for collaboration within the firm, across our industry and in our communities.

Read more in our annual report

Learn more about Inclusion and diversity at PwC Canada

At PwC, we play a significant role in the world’s capital markets. We take pride that our people and services help improve the credibility, transparency and reliability of financial statements and information that help guide investors and stakeholders to make informed decisions.

We believe we have a responsibility to uphold and embody ethics, transparency and integrity in all aspects of our work. Our people are leaders who can promote trust in business and use their skills and relationships to promote more ethical and responsible behaviour in the marketplace. By exemplifying responsible leadership and showcasing how sustainability is a core component of strong governance and organizational accountability, we know we can make a significant difference in the success of our people, clients and communities.

Read more in our annual report

“Engaging with all our stakeholders is essential for us to understand their needs and to create the value they’re looking for. So we’re listening and responding to their views on responsible business. Because there are so many possible priorities for our corporate responsibility programs, we focus on the important issues to our business—the things that matter most. Within Canada we’ve chosen to focus on four quadrants where we feel we can achieve the most significant outcomes: responsible business; people, diversity and having an inclusive environment; community engagement; and environmental stewardship.”

James Temple, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, PwC Canada

Closing the digital divide

Everyone should be able to live, learn, work and participate in the digital world

With 30% of jobs at risk of automation by 2030, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that one of Canada’s most pressing challenges is the growing mismatch between the skills people have and those needed for the digital word. 

The societal ramifications of this are profound including job loss, social fracturing, and widening inequality.

Some groups are especially at risk. Women, older workers, and those living in rural areas are given less opportunity to learn new skills, but the biggest barrier is someone’s level of education.

That’s why we’re committing $150 million over the next three years to upskill our 7,850 people to be future ready and to share their knowledge to support clients and communities. In doing so, our goal is to reach 1 million people and NPOs across Canada.

People with access to technology and training benefit very quickly, while those that don’t fall further behind. It becomes a vicious cycle.

625,000 people and NPOs we've digitally upskilled. Our three-year goal is 1 million.

Without urgent attention, many more people risk being left behind and society will become more divided.

Building resilience in Canada’s social sector

Canada’s social sector has been disproportionately disrupted by the financial, societal and health-related impacts of the pandemic. Discover how new approaches and ways of working can help future-proof organizations from future disruption. 

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Discover the other ways we’re helping to close the digital divide


At PwC, we recognize the importance of sponsoring initiatives that reflect the core values we feel are essential for responsible businesses. On a national level, we support and promote a wide range of diverse initiatives from Canadian business, sports and culture.

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