Mark Weinberger, new Chairman and CEO of EY, introduces his vision

Building a better working world

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Nearly six years after the words “credit crunch” entered the vocabulary, many people and businesses still struggle to find things to celebrate. While it’s true that, in some ways, the working world isn’t functioning as well as it should, the picture is not as bleak as some would paint it.

The increases in globalization we have seen over the past generation have meant painful changes for some, yet they have brought great opportunity and enterprise to many more. In China alone, nearly half a billion people have been lifted out of poverty.

At EY, we understand the challenges, but we also see the opportunity to build a better working world.

We think of technological change as benefiting the rich, but the truth is more interesting, particularly for emerging entrepreneurs. Mobile phones, for example, allow migrant workers to send money to their families and enable fishermen to call different ports to see who will give them the best price for their catch.

Yet it’s still hard to escape the sense that things could be better. Today, trust in business and governance is low: millions of people are unemployed and gridlocked political systems seem unable to address long-term fiscal issues.

While there are no simple answers, the solution lies in working together – in people and organizations making changes in their areas of knowledge and expertise.

At EY, we understand the challenges, but we also see the opportunity to build a better working world.

We have long recognized the potential of entrepreneurs, who are the engines of job creation and are key to global economic health. They also have particularly important roles in emerging economies as the state reduces its role.

As part of our vision, we are going to put changes in place so that we have the highest-performing teams, delivering exceptional client service, worldwide.

Over the past 26 years, we have celebrated that special contribution through our Entrepreneur Of The Year® program, which now covers more than 50 countries and culminates in the announcement of a World Entrepreneur Of The Year. In June, Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder of Greek yogurt company Chobani, was announced this year’s award winner.

In recent months, we have been looking keenly at the world around EY and speaking with leading thinkers, both inside and outside the organization. We have taken the purpose of building a better working world and placed it at the heart of our plans for the future.

We call these plans Vision 2020, because they look clearly at how we will fulfill our purpose over the next seven years and beyond.

As part of our vision, we are improving every aspect of EY. We are going to put changes in place so that we have the highest-performing teams, delivering exceptional client service, worldwide.

We’ll be capitalizing on the fact that we are the most globally integrated organization in our profession. And we will do all this while maintaining our unwavering commitment to quality, so that we deliver exceptional service to rapid-growth businesses.