Reporting on our commitments to a more equitable society

Our approach to reporting on Responsible Business Leadership

We’re driven by our purpose—to build trust in society and solve important problems. Trust is impossible without transparency, which is why we’re committed to reporting on our progress each year by updating the data here.

For more on our programs, our approach and the impact we’re making, visit our Responsible Business Leadership site.

FY 18 update: Our focus areas

With Responsible Business Leadership, we’re addressing some of society’s biggest challenges to help close the widening gap between those who have access to opportunity and those who don’t. We organize our work into five categories, each propelled by the efforts of our 50,000 people at PwC.


Employee Engagement

Our people’s commitment to investing their talent, time and dollars makes our progress possible. Our goal is to engage 100% of our people in Responsible Business Leadership activities each year. These can include pro bono work, board seat service, working with students through Access Your Potential®, joining a local Green Team or making a charitable donation.

Education

In July 2017, we launched Access Your Potential, our five-year, $320 million commitment to create experiences for diverse students that ignite their passion for technology and offer them a viable path forward. This initiative builds on the success of our five-year Earn Your Future commitment to provide financial literacy resources to students and educators.

FY18-FY22 5-year commitments
Investment                                         $320m
Youth education hours                        1.4m
Students reached                               10m
Students mentored                             10,000
Teachers and counselors trained       100,000

 

Education FY18

Investment*

Youth education hours

Board seat hours

Fee-waived and pro bono hours

Students reached

Students mentored

Teachers and counselors trained

$63.2m

203,905

4,716

3,788

3.2m

1,647

23,103

* Includes nonprofit contributions, student loan paydown for eligible PwC staff, and 204,000 youth education service hours.

Pro bono

We empower our people to apply the same skills we use with clients to help nonprofits solve important problems. Our new Skills for Society program offers our people more skills-based volunteer opportunities and helps us fulfill the growing requests from organizations that can benefit from working with our people.

 

Pro bono FY18
Pro bono value delivered $39m
   
Pro bono hours delivered  
Total
159,609

By cause:

Youth education

Non-youth education

 

49,080

110,529

By type:

Fee-waived hours

Loaned staff

Board seat participation

 

98,366

198

61,045

Environment

While professional services firms do not have the footprint of many other industries, we use significant power in our offices and data centers, and we often travel as part of our work with clients. We are committed to reducing and/or offsetting our carbon emissions in the areas that are most material to our business: business air travel and energy use.

 

FY07– FY20 Carbon footprint commitment  
Carbon footprint reduction 45%
Environment FY18  

Carbon footprint reduction — Absolute

Carbon footprint reduction — per full-time employee (FTE)

45%

67%

Emissions (Metric tons CO2e)  

Absolute GHG emissions excluding RECs/offsets (Metric tons CO2e)      

Getting around*

Delivering work in the office**

Delivering work outside of the office***   

RECs/offsets

Absolute GHG emissions including RECs/offsets

Absolute GHG emissions including RECs/offsets per FTE

308,301

217,410 (71%)

57,054 (18%)

33,836 (11%)

128,648

179,652

3.5

LEED-certifications  
Percentage of LEED-certified square footage 63%

* For Service Delivery Centers (SDCs), commuting emissions information is not included.
** For SDCs, paper emissions are not included. FY18 paper emissions are based on an updated paper calculator. The FY07 baseline has been adjusted to suit, but the emissions in other historical years have not been adjusted due to the immaterial nature of the change.
*** SDC meetings information is not included.

Diversity

Our clients rely on us to see things differently and uncover new approaches to persistent issues. We deliver that fresh perspective by fostering an inclusive workplace culture that acknowledges the unique experiences and perspectives each individual brings to the table.

 

Diversity and inclusion
FY18
Workforce  

By gender

Male

Female

By minority status

Minority*

Non-minority

 

54%

46%

 

33%

67%

Partners and principals  

By gender

Male

Female

By minority status

Minority

Non-minority

 

78%

22%

 

14%

86%

New and experienced hires  

By gender

Male

Female

By minority status

Minority

Non-minority

 

54%

46%

 

39%

61%

* An employee is categorized as minority if they self-identify as any of the following groups: American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Island, or Two or More races

Giving

We promote a culture that encourages our people to give back to causes they care about. Contributions from our people, the firm and the PwC Charitable Foundation support nonprofits that are helping close gaps in our communities.

 

Charitable contributions FY18

Charitable contributions — Firm

 

Charitable contributions — Our people

Partner and staff participation

Partner participation

$55.6m

CY17

$34.7m

59%

80%

About the PwC Charitable Foundation

The PwC Charitable Foundation is a catalyst for change — investing in emerging solutions to society’s greatest education and humanitarian challenges. The Foundation also supports people of PwC in times of need. Grantmaking at the Foundation is always evolving in pursuit of new opportunities to make a difference. Since 2001, it has committed more than $86million in cumulative grants.

Read more about the Foundation and its impact in the most recent annual report.

Contact us

Shannon Schuyler

Chief Purpose and Inclusion Officer, PwC US

Jeff Senne

Responsible Business Strategy and Implementation Leader, PwC US

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