At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. As a firm, we believe in fulfilling our corporate responsibilities and in giving back to the society by helping the community and environment at large. This is part and parcel of our endeavour to build trust in society in a broader sense. Looking after the communities and environments in which we work in isn’t just about good manners, it’s good business. We are committed to making a positive, lasting impact in our communities by sharing our time, knowledge, resources, as well as inspiring and harnessing the dedication and capabilities of our people.
As part of PwC Singapore’s commitment to corporate responsibility and continuous upskilling, our New world. New skills. (NWNS) initiative aims to equip our people with advanced knowledge and skills to enable them to stay abreast of the evolving business world, digital technology and new ways of working. We are committed to bridging the digital divide so that everyone has an equal opportunity to live, learn, work and make their contributions to the workforce needs of the future.
Globally across our network, we are investing in the future and growth of 15 million people, NGOs and social & micro enterprises to help them maximise their potential by 2022. The focus of our community impact programmes is therefore focussed around these three themes.
The need for continuous learning and digital adoption to become part of the “new normal” was highlighted in the Fortitude Budget. In a bid to support this, PwC Singapore has made our Digital Fitness* learning app free for all until 31 July 2021. This move is part of our wider Reimagine Digital, New World. New Skills and Corporate Responsibility initiatives to support individuals and organisations through the COVID-19 recovery.
Our app aims to help users in these three areas:
* The app’s name in the Apple App Store and Google Play is “Digital Fitness Assessment”
Every year, we host and partake in a variety of firmwide volunteer initiatives to give back to our community.
2020 marked the inaugural of our annual campaign, Giving Week, where our people contributed their skills, time and money towards helping the community. Throughout the week, we partook in various initiatives such as co-organising the Big 4 Christmas Bazaar with EY, KPMG and Deloitte where we raised funds for social organisations, and packed food donations with The Food Bank Singapore and Food from the Heart. We also helped to build capability for social sector organisations through advisory clinics and raised funds for Myanmar.
Here, we focus our efforts on sharing our work-related skills and experience to maximise the potential of individuals through upskilling of individuals and organisations in the social sector, including social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations.
Through our community investments, we share our greatest asset – the skills, knowledge, talent and passion of our people – to help create communities where people and business can thrive.
Together with PwC Hong Kong and PwC Myanmar, PwC Singapore helped MSF field workers further their mission of bringing emergency aid to victims of crises. This was done by digitally mapping over 21,255 unmapped buildings, using satellite imaging.
The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) runs the Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) programme that inspires, equips and enables youths from different nationalities to build capacity and eventually launch their social enterprises. 31 PwC Singapore staff signed up as reviewers and mentors to help build the capacity of 19 social enterprises across the Asia Pacific region, contributing over 70 hours of our skills.
In FY20, the focus on New world. New skills. and programmes with direct beneficiary reach and impact drove a 20-fold increase in the number of beneficiaries reached by our programmes, and a 518% increase in contribution to our global corporate responsibility reach ambition.
Moving forward, skills-based volunteering will continue to be the core of our community engagement efforts.
In July and August 2020, PwC Singapore conducted a series of workshops to equip charities, social service organisations and social enterprises in Singapore with the knowledge and skills to navigate a rapidly changing world. Our people contributed over 190 hours to run these masterclasses, upskilling 195 practitioners from the social sector.
In partnership with social enterprise GLYPH, we piloted a 6-month training programme that exposed 25 lower secondary students, out of which 50% were female, to different technologies, STEM careers and diverse role models.
40 of our people went on walks with special needs individuals across Singapore, in an effort to raise awareness and support for people who are challenged differently. This movement was supported by donations from the PwC Singapore Foundation.
Despite COVID-19 disruptions and postponement of many programmes, our people remain dedicated to creating social impact on communities in need.
We thank all of our people who worked tirelessly together to make a difference.
Through this program, we use arts as a tool for employee engagement, team bonding, ideas creation, relaxation while doing good! In 2016, we conducted an Art Therapy workshop with children from Sunbeam and Beyond Social Services as well as engaged the children from Good Shepherd Student Care with Christmas recycling art.
We invite the mobile massage team from the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) to our office to provide massage services (Head and Shoulder/Foot) to the staff at PwC. It is one of our contribution towards a more inclusive society.
Blood is needed to save lives in times of emergencies and to sustain the lives of those with medical conditions. Every hour of the day, 15 units of blood are used in Singapore. We commit to play our part in making a difference by holding an annual blood donation drive.
Corporate Responsibility Leader, PwC Singapore
Tel: +65 9650 3866
Responsible Business Senior Consultant, PwC Singapore
Tel: +65 8729 0403