EY receives two Big Ticks

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London, 30 May 2012: EY has been recognised for its community work in education and environmental credentials, achieving two ‘Big Ticks’ in Business in the Community’s (BITC) Awards for Excellence 2012.

The professional services firm won a Big Tick award in the ways2work category for its approach to sustainable travel by supporting flexible working, promoting active travel options such as cycling and using new technologies.

EY was also re-accredited with a Big Tick in the education category for the ongoing success of its school partnership scheme.  By working in partnership with 20 state schools, EY are helping groups of students through programmes that provide academic support, employability skills, business awareness and great experiences of work. 

Business in the Community’s (BITC) Awards for Excellence recognise the powerful and positive role that business is playing in local communities by awarding companies for the impact and innovation of their responsible business programmes across a number of categories. The awards are given to companies who demonstrate their leadership on the key social and environmental issues where business can make a difference at local, national and international levels.

EY has achieved a Big Tick every year since first applying in 2007 for their pioneering and innovative approach to supporting education in the UK.

Steve Varley, UK Country Managing Partner commented: "We are proud to receive this prestigious accolade in recognition of our approach to flexible working and sustainable travel.  Responsibility and sustainability are integral to our business strategy, our values and our day-to-day operations. This award reflects our commitment to working and travelling in ways that benefit our people and minimise our environmental impact whilst continuing to deliver exceptional service to our clients."

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “I congratulate EY on achieving their Big Ticks. There has never been a better time to showcase that business can be a force for good – for the mutual benefit of both business and the communities in which they operate. Our Awards for Excellence are all about celebrating responsible business and EY has demonstrated that they can have a positive impact on society and people without losing focus on their business.”