The COVID-19 pandemic has been a human, health, and economic crisis that has deeply affected the lives of many people around the world, including members of our PwC family, their relatives and friends. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all those who have lost loved ones during this difficult time.
When the pandemic struck, we adapted quickly across our network to support all of our stakeholders during this unprecedented time, with examples like:
I am proud of what we have done over the last year and the way my colleagues adapted quickly to a huge amount of change. While at the same time continuing to connect, collaborate and innovate for the benefit of our stakeholders across the world. On behalf of the entire leadership of PwC, I would like to thank the 280,000 plus people at PwC for all they have done and continue to do.
As the global economy has slowed, so too has demand for some of our services and, like for many businesses, the next 12 months are going to be difficult. This is a time for business to reflect, in some cases repair, and evolve to support stakeholders and this applies to us, too.
The pandemic has impacted everyone, amplifying and accelerating some of the biggest challenges in our society, and demonstrating the urgent need for systemic change in areas like social inclusion, the need for reskilling, the broader Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) agenda and the pressing challenge of climate change. These are all symptoms of a deeper problem: our economies are not delivering sustainable, inclusive outcomes for society. It is clear that businesses - including PwC - need to change and that is why we are focused on developing the capabilities needed to help build trust and help solve these very important problems.
Looking ahead, the breadth and depth of the knowledge that we have at PwC and our ability to provide a comprehensive range of services have never been more important. There has never been a more pressing need to deliver wider assurance and rebuild trust. To help our stakeholders navigate tax and legal systems and to develop the workforces of the future. And to help our clients rethink and reconfigure their businesses for a changed world.
For the next twelve months, we are focused on a number of key priorities:
I hope you can take the time to explore our global annual review and let us know what you think.
Director, Global Corporate Affairs and Communications, PwC United Kingdom
Tel: +44 7803 974136