Building a Better Working World

EY Ukraine sustainability report 2013 – 2014

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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 – 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.

EY Ukraine is pleased to present its 2013-2014 sustainability report. This report covers two fiscal years, from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2014. The report follows EY Ukraine’s previous report, published in 2013. EY Ukraine is committed to reporting biannually on our activities.

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“Every strategy, every initiative, every action has to be considered through the lens of sustainability. Across the member firms of the global EY organization, sustainability is embedded in the organization’s purpose. Globally, EY member firms believe that, in a better working world, a number of positive things happen: trust increases; capital flows smoothly; investors make informed decisions; businesses grow sustainably; employment rises; consumers spend; and governments invest in their citizens. A better working world also develops talent in all its forms and encourages collaboration.”
  • Our support to community is more important than ever now In Ukraine

    In response to the events happening in the country we were able to suggest:

    Pro bono services to governmental bodies

    Since spring 2014 EY senior specialists has been dedicating significant time to share their expertise to facilitate reforms in Ukraine. More than 20 best EY professionals provide constant support to the Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, Kyiv city administration.

    Adding value to reforms

    Our Human Capital Specialists conducted the first independent testing of senior management of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, which become a start point of the reorganization process. 80 heads of regional departments participated in the first testing, which was held in EY office in Kyiv. The results were processed automatically and sent to the Personnel Committee of the Ministry of Justice. Experts from the EY Tax & Law practice in Ukraine actively participated in the cycle of regional seminars for exporters «EURO business: access to the EU market» (the Stronger Together Initiative) and covered customs & trading, personnel related taxation and legal issues faced by exporters to the EU. EY specialist in Customs and International Trade has also participated in the presentation of the euro integration roadmap covering reforms in customs, food safety, energy and antitrust legislation.

    Support to families of those killed

    Since spring 2014 employees of EY Ukraine has collected and gave more than 230k UAH to the families of people who were killed in Kyiv, Donetsk and the Crimea.

    Support to children from Eastern Ukraine

    We take care of the children from Snizhne orphanage (Donetsk region) since 2007 and continue to do it now, wherever the wards of this orphanage are: displaced to other cities, graduated and travelling around Ukraine. We are trying to keep contact with them and suggest help. More than 10 kUAH was spent to purchase warm clothes and 20 bags of used things in addition were sent to the orphans of Eastern Ukraine from the employees of EY Ukraine.

    Support to wounded and displaced people

    EY Ukraine employees collect and deliver clothes to displaced people (Lesnaya Zastava, Vostok-SOS) and financial aid to people staying in hospitals.

    Support to EY employees in Donetsk

    Due to escalation of the situation in Donetsk region in spring 2014, all employees of Donetsk office were offered to permanently relocate to Kyiv together with their immediate family members. The company assisted with the relocation and 50% of 4 months rent expenses. Thereafter, all Donetsk employees were employed in the Kyiv office or became participants of mobility programs and moved to other EY offices around the globe.

  • Awards and Recognition

    EY’s commitment to people and workplace has been recognized through various awards. In 2013, Universum named EY as the world’s most attractive professional services organization — and second most attractive employers overall, as chosen by almost 94,000 business students from the world’s top academic institutions in the largest 12 economies by GDP.

    Globally, EY member firms have been recognized by:

    • Catalyst Award, for EY’s dedication to the recruitment, development and advancement of women
    • DiversityInc’s Top 10 Companies for Diversity for seven consecutive years
    • DiversityInc’s Top 10 Companies for Executive Women
    • FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list for 16th consecutive year
    • Great Place to Work Institute’s Top 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces
    • Opportunity Now and Race for Opportunity Top 10 private sector organizations for both gender and Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) diversity and inclusion
    • The National Association for Female Executives Top 10 Companies for 2014
    • Working Mother’s Best Companies for Multicultural Women
    • Working Mother’s Top 10 Companies for Working Mothers; 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers for 17 consecutive years

    EY Ukraine has been recognized for:

    • Vladimir Kotenko and Jorge Intriago are ranked among Ukraine’s leading experts in tax controversy and dispute resolution in 2014 by International Tax Review magazine.
    • In 2014 EY Law practice in Ukraine was recognized among the Tier 2 Tax law firms in the Most successful law firms ranking compiled by the Kyiv Post newspaper.
    • EY has been recognized among TOP 10 Ideal Employers in Ukraine according to a very prestigious global Universum ranking in 2014. EY is #1 among the professional services firms.
    • In 2013 EY has been recognized among TOP10 socially responsible companies in Ukraine according to the Gvardiya magazine ranking. EY ranked #1 among professional services firms and #7 overall (in the list of 41 companies).
    • In 2013 EY Ukraine’s Tax & Law practice won two admired awards: ”National Tax Firm of the Year” (for the second year in a row!) and the ”Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year in Ukraine” at the prestigious ITR European Tax Awards.
    • EY in Ukraine has been announced a winner in the ”Charitable Ukraine” contest among big companies in 2013. Our long-term ”Friendship” program, which was presented at the contest, involves a complex of activities to support deprived children.
    • EY has been announced a winner in the ”Corporate Volunteering 2013” contest in ”Education” nomination for the ”Step into the Fututre” program for students. Contest was organised by the Eatsern Europe Fund, UN Global Compact in Ukraine, American Chamber of Commerce, European Business Association, and the Philanthropy Forum.
    • EY won HR-brand Ukraine 2012 Award for its “Wellness” program. Forty-two projects from 33 companies were submitted for the expert jury’s consideration. The contest, held by the HeadHunter group of companies, honors projects that engage and motivate employees and strengthen employer image.
  • About this report

    EY Ukraine is pleased to present its 2013–2014 sustainability report. This report covers two fiscal years, from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2014. The report follows EY Ukraine’s previous report, published in 2013. EY Ukraine is committed to reporting biannually on our activities.

    Determining report content

    EY Ukraine has developed this report in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 (Core) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Members from EY member firm Sustainability Services’ team advised EY Ukraine on the content of its report, using an approach similar to what they use with external clients. EY Ukraine has used a systematic approach to understanding the issues that our report should cover, as well as the measurements we use to document our performance against these issues.

    In developing the 2013 - 2014 sustainability report, EY Ukraine listened to our people, clients and members within our own service area, and to stakeholders from various EY member firms.

    The cross-countries sustainability working group was created and engaged local stakeholders from various countries as a means to identify the performance indicators that stakeholders consider material and relevant globally.

    To determine the materiality of the sustainability-related issues our stakeholders raised, EY Ukraine considered the following sources:

    • EY’s Vision 2020 purpose to build a better working world and the strategy to deliver on this vision
    • Working group research, analysis and observations
    • Stakeholder survey results that span current and target clients; EY Ukraine’s people (from senior leaders to new recruits and alumni); and our communities (entrepreneurs, trade associations, stock exchanges and regulators, nonprofits with which EY Ukraine collaborate within our communities) and key vendors from our supply chain
    • Competitor global sustainability reports available in the public domain.

    Once the data was aggregated, we developed a materiality matrix that ranked the various sustainability issues against stakeholder interest and relevancy to our business impacts. Stakeholder survey results from all participating countries were weighted equally, even though the number of participants varied from country to country. Internal and external stakeholders were also given equal weight. Aspect ratings were determined using a system where 0.5 reflects a baseline level of importance as the aspect was identified in the initial selection of topics, 1 equals important and 2 equals very important. Based on the ratings EY Ukraine identified the top 25 aspects, aligned to Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 (Core) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines that our participating country member firms could report on.

    • Very important. There were 12 issues/aspects that stakeholders and the sustainability working group classified as very important. EY determined these issues to be most material to EY and the issues on which EY would produce a full Disclosure of Management Approach (DMA) as well as at least one indicator for each aspect.
    • Important. EY classified these 10 issues/aspects as being important or elective in materiality. These may include some DMA but we may not report a full DMA or indicators.
    • Less important. EY classified three issues/aspects as being less important. These were the issues that stakeholders and our sustainability working group deemed to be less material. We have elected not to report a DMA or indicators for these issues.

    Go to the full version of the Report to learn more about materiality matrix, stakeholders and mechanism of engagement >>