We decided to incorporate corporate responsibility goals into our performance management framework, making every employee accountable for the firm's sustainability efforts.
Whatever the economic climate, we offer mobility, flexibility and guidance to our employees, enabling them to develop the skills they need to contribute to business growth and social good.
Each of our employees carries out an average of 51.9 hours of training, some of which is focused on sustainability-related issues.
Earlier this year, we decided to incorporate corporate responsibility goals into our performance management framework, making every employee accountable for the firm’s sustainability efforts.
In an employee survey that we carried out in 2011, 56% of respondents agreed that corporate responsibility is fundamental to the success of EMEIA Financial Services, 70% said it adds value in the eyes of our clients and 83% thought it improves our reputation.
We encourage all employees to learn new skills by engaging in the wider community. Our Intrapreneur Program, for example, gives employees the opportunity to learn entrepreneurial skills while promoting economic growth in the developing world.
Run in collaboration with Endeavor, a global not-for-profit organization, the program enables employees to carry out placements at entrepreneurial companies in countries such as South Africa, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. In total, our employees have donated 2,652 hours of their time to helping high-impact entrepreneurs to address key business challenges.
On 5 July 2013, EY is conducting a campaign to improve awareness among its employees and clients of why “being environmental is fundamental” for financial services.
Following the success of the firm’s Sustainability Day efforts last year, the 2013 campaign seeks to highlight the role of financial services institutions as they contribute to building a better working world through environmental sustainability.
In addition to a one-hour webcast at 11:00 a.m. BST, office-based activities will be taking place across our European offices, encouraging employees to become more eco-friendly and take action to reduce their impact on the environment.
We believe that the best way of fostering an awareness of environmental issues among our employees is to give them first-hand experience of working with ecological enterprises. Earlier this year, several financial services employees traveled to India to help not-for-profit organization, EarthWatch Institute, to carry out research into the impact of climate change.
Whether they are working with young people from underprivileged communities or with entrepreneurs in emerging markets, our employees recognize – and genuinely care about – the impact that they and the business make on society.
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