Our societal impact

PwC’s most significant societal impact results from the work we do every day to support clients across the globe. We help clients navigate many of the complex systems – capital markets, tax and economies – that underpin society. We help these systems function and PwC clients to operate within them effectively. But given PwC’s vantage point and the breadth of our member firms’ work, we also have an opportunity to help these same systems evolve so that they benefit communities and society more widely, long into the future.

Through the work that PwC firms do, we deliver on our purpose to build trust in society and solve important problems. PwC’s purpose is critical for us to remain strategically relevant in an increasingly complex world.

This year, through PwC's involvement in Think20 (T20), we shared an analysis that sets out the case for realigning business, economies and society. In it, we identify an urgent need to recouple economic growth and societal progress, as well as certain observations to catalyse broader discussion among diverse stakeholder groups. For example, we believe it is important to put human needs at the centre of policy making, deliver societal benefits at a local level in a globalised world, and to look beyond financial performance as the primary measure for economic and business success.

 

Societal impact
UN Sustainable Development Goals

We believe the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) play an important role in helping to frame the broader societal objectives we are collectively seeking to achieve. PwC continues to be a strong advocate for business engagement with the global goals, helping clients navigate in the context of the goals, and contributing to the development of tools and frameworks that enable business engagement.  

We will continue to contribute our thinking in collaboration with others to help achieve the systemic changes required for realignment of business, economies and society, and the achievement of the SDGs.

 

 

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30,000
60,000
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Total # of volunteers
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75,000
150,000
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Total # of volunteer hours
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$70
$140
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Total $m community investment
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310
620
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Total gross emissions (tCO2e)
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27.5
55
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Renewable energy as a % of total electricity
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1.9
3.8
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Total gross carbon emissions (tCO2e) per employee

 

 

Community investment

We believe in sharing PwC's greatest asset – the skills, knowledge and talent of our people – to help drive change. Through PwC's community investment efforts, we focus on maximising the potential of individuals through education and building the capacity of NGOs and social and micro enterprises around the world. This year, nearly 60,000 PwC people contributed over 750,000 hours of time. While we seek to support communities in a variety of ways, we believe we can add the greatest value when we share our professional skills and we're pleased that over half a million hours (or two-thirds) of our contribution was skills.

Over the last year, a number of PwC firms have announced major new programmes and commitments. Collectively, we’ll shortly be announcing an ambitious new global target to drive action and focus our efforts over the next five years. 

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Responsible business

As societies’ expectations shift, we seek to be responsive and responsible for the impact our work has beyond profit – on people and the planet.  We remain a proud signatory to the UN Global Compact and committed to operating responsibly in line with the ten principles and taking strategic action to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This year, we brought together our commitment to human rights in a statement for our whole network.

Our most significant environmental impact is the carbon emissions from powering our offices and air travel to service our clients. This year PwC’s gross emissions slightly decreased to 620,972tCO2e. Across the network, PwC firms are taking innovative actions to improve energy efficiency as well as driving to circular models of operating. Globally, we are finalising a commitment to address our carbon impact.

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Mike Davies

Director, Global communications,
PwC UK

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PwC Switzerland

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