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.
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,
PwC’s Community Commitment | Duration 01:27
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.
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.
Global Corporate Responsibility Leader, PwC Australia
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