Creating a responsible and sustainable business
The role of business is changing. It is now widely accepted that business has to do more than make a profit. It also must drive social and environmental change.
A combination of factors – the current economic crisis, evolving relationships between developed and emerging economies, global institutions and nation states and public and private sectors – has led to a greater understanding of the connection and interdependency between business and society. There is an expectation that business addresses social and environmental issues through its operations, products and services and its unique expertise.
At Ernst & Young, we do this through:
- Our marketplace
The most significant impact we can have on society is by supporting global and local economic stability and growth, which in turn provides opportunities to address some of the major issues that the world is facing. It’s through our client work and the influence we can have on the wider business world by making a commitment to audit independence, financial transparency and sound governance to build trust in the capital markets, and by advising our clients to support their successful growth that we can contribute to a better working world.
- Our workplace
While our core business is all about delivering exceptional service to our clients, we know that if we attract and retain the best people – and invest in them – we will deliver the best results for our clients. We pride ourselves on having the highest performing teams and want to be a highly inclusive organisation that creates an engaging environment where our people can develop to their full potential.
- Supporting our communities
Building on our global commitment to building a better working world through our work with our clients and our markets, we also invest in our communities both local and in developing countries. Through our peoples’ time and skills, we invest in the education of tomorrow’s workforce to ensure that the skills and characteristics required to enable businesses and societies to thrive are available.
We know, too, that entrepreneurs can transform economies, drive innovation and change communities. We invest, therefore, in small- to medium-size businesses, social enterprises and entrepreneurs, particularly women, who can help restore and create economic and social wellbeing.
- Managing our environmental impact
The biggest impact we can have on contributing to minimising the negative effects of climate change is by supporting our clients and the marketplace as they move towards a low carbon economy. That said, we have a commitment and a responsibility to manage our own operations in a way that reduces our own environmental footprint.
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