Community engagement: Corporate responsibility

Local communities are facing acute challenges

For years, there has been significant social progress across the world1. Child mortality rates have improved2, life expectancy has increased3, and the number of people living in extreme poverty has dramatically reduced4. Despite global progress "on average" many are feeling left behind5. With 71 million young people worldwide unemployed, and between 20-40% of the jobs currently held by 16-24 year olds at risk of automation by the mid-2030s, developing the skills required for the digital age is one of the most acute challenges communities are facing.

Through community investments PwC can share its greatest asset - the skills, knowledge and talent of our people - to help create communities where people and business can thrive. PwC is making an impact, but no one organisation can solve these issues alone. PwC, UNICEF and Generation Unlimited are collaborating to specifically address the upskilling challenge by supporting young people around the world to develop the skills they need to engage and thrive in the digital world. The collaboration supports Generation Unlimited, a multi sector partnership aimed at helping 1.8 billion young people transition from school to work by 2030. Find out more.

To better understand PwC’s community impact across the globe and our ambition to create a better society for tomorrow click below.

Download PwC's Community Commitment

 

1. Porter, Michael. Why social progress matters, World Economic Forum, 2015

2. “Children: reducing mortality,” World Health Organization; 2019. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.

3. Global Health Observatory (GHO) data: Life expectancy, World Health Organization; 2019. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.

4. World Bank: Poverty, 2019

5. United Nations Development Project, “Human Development for Everyone,” 2016,

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PwC’s Community Commitment | Duration 01:27

Our commitment

We’re investing in the future and growth of 15 million people, NGOs and social & micro enterprises to help them maximise their potential by 2022.

Jobs are changing, driven by the impact of breakthrough technologies, ranging from artificial intelligence, robotics to augmented reality and blockchain. The rate of change is occurring faster than ever anticipated. What and how we learn needs to transform.

Through our investment in education and skills building - from financial literacy to technical skills and mentoring - we're helping people to thrive by preparing them for the jobs of the future and the digital world.

NGOs are trusted to deliver support when and where society needs it most. Working alongside NGOs, we’re helping to build a stronger, more transparent sector.

New technologies are leading to the creation of new business models, especially for startups unencumbered by the infrastructure of the previous century. Using the power of the marketplace to solve society's most urgent issues, social and micro enterprises have the ability to transform systems. We’re sharing our expertise to empower entrepreneurs to be the disruptors of tomorrow and we’re helping them scale for even more impact. 

Community impact - Interactive explorer tool

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Our volunteers

Meet our PwC volunteers who are helping people and communities thrive.

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How we are performing

At PwC, one way we measure the impact of our community investment activities is by a beneficiaries reached metric, using the London  Benchmarking Group's framework. Building individuals skills, supporting social and micro enterprises and building NGO capacity are the pillars of our strategy.  We define beneficiaries reached as: 

- individuals external to PwC, 
- the number of individuals we support through education and skills building programs (students, educators, NGO and social enterprise employees),  
- the number of social and micro enterprises we support by providing skilled volunteering, pro-bono services and financial investment, 
- the number of NGOs and NPOs we support by capacity building, increasing their scale and effectiveness and by helping to strengthen their accountability, transparency, reliability and profile.

For more detail on how we calculate our beneficiaries reached metric please click here

Contact us

Kirsty Jennings

Global Corporate Responsibility Leader, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 3 8603 0174