Corporate responsibility

Our approach

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.

Our commitment to closing the digital divide

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.

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

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

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

60% of the world’s population remains excluded from the ever-expanding digital economy

*As estimated by The World Bank

Here’s how we plan on reaching our goal of upskilling 1 million Canadians and NPOs:

Matching our people with NPO boards and empowering them to upskill others

Upskilling Board Directors and Management teams has a halo effect. We know there is a critical need for this training based on feedback and research coming out of the not-for-profit sector. The socio-economic impact could be exponential.

Empowering our volunteers to share knowledge

PwC’s open source digital literacy curriculum allows our people to share knowledge in areas like data analytics, automation, and artificial intelligence so people are better positioned to help solve key issues facing society now and in the future.

Solve for society in collaboration with our clients and governments by undertaking large scale pro-bono projects with scalable impact

This will help to ensure people in communities across Canada have access to practical solutions to their challenges and in an environment that helps them learn and develop.

Discover how we’ve already started to make an impact through our Young People Project

An initiative created to help address the issue of youth unemployment in Canada by using technology to provide digital literacy training, coaching and meaningful mentorship experiences for young people across Canada.

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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

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 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 Diversity and incusion 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

Sponsorships

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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