The net zero generation

PwC worked with UNICEF and Generation Unlimited to help stakeholders better understand the role of skills, and in particular youth upskilling, in determining whether the world can transition to net zero in time.

*Unless stated otherwise, all societal impact data reflects the performance of our 21 largest firms.

Delivering sustained outcomes for our communities

We’re committed to increasing inclusivity, helping more people play a greater part in our economy and society. 

We want to help communities develop the skills they need to thrive. So we’re working with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), social and micro enterprises - sharing the skills, knowledge and talent of our people. Our community initiatives have supported more than 21 million individuals, NGOs and social and micro enterprises since 2018. 

One of the biggest barriers to inclusivity is the digital divide – who has skills to navigate the digital world and who doesn’t. This is a key challenge for young people in particular. More than 65 million young people are unemployed¹ worldwide and between 20-40% of jobs held by 16-24 year olds are at risk of automation by the mid-2030s². 

We’re a community of solvers, so we’re working to change this, in collaboration with our stakeholders. 

New world. New skills. is our global initiative intended to support more people to have the chance to learn, work and participate in the digital age.

¹International Labour Office.Global Employment Trends for Youth 2020 Report, pp.33.
²PwC UK. 2018. Will Robots really steal our jobs.

Our Global Commitment

Read more about our community impact, commitment and approach. 

Our FY22 Community Data and Methodology document
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Explore our impact on society and our planet in our 2022 Global Annual Review
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Our focus

We’re empowering our people to share their skills, knowledge and experience, so that we can extend our impact to support communities - beyond the work we do everyday with our clients.

We’re using lessons from our own digital transformation and upskilling in community initiatives. We’re sharing our knowledge with change makers, such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), social enterprises and educational institutes. So more people can be part of the digital world and benefit from it. 

In FY22, our initiatives reached more than four million individuals, NGOs and social and micro enterprises worldwide. Since 2018 they’ve reached more than 21 million. 

Our volunteers

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

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The jobs of the future are likely to require new skills that are harder to come by in communities where opportunities are lacking. To help bridge this gap, PwC has entered into a collaboration with UNICEF that aims to help upskill millions of young people.

The collaboration supports Generation Unlimited, a multi sector partnership aimed at helping 1.8 billion young people transition from school to work by 2030. Together, we engage with young people, businesses and policy makers to help create the right conditions for youth to succeed. 

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In 2022, more than 290 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection - the largest number of people in need through inter-agency coordinated response in decades1. The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is now 100 million2. The COVID-19 pandemic, conflict, climate change and extreme weather continue to increase the needs of the most vulnerable.

When catastrophic events, natural disasters and humanitarian crises occur, our foundations and member firms around the world do what they can to help the people and communities affected.

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¹ReliefWeb. Global Humanitarian Overview 2022, April Update (Snapshot as of 13 May 2022).
²United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 23, May 2022. UNHCR: A record 100 million people forcibly displaced worldwide.

Explore our community impact

Use the interactive tool to explore our community investment programmes by territory, focus area or Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Central and Eastern Europe includes Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Middle East includes Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and West Bank and Gaza.


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Bethan Grillo

Bethan Grillo

Global Corporate Sustainability Managing Director, PwC United Kingdom