EY Americas Sustainability Report 2013
We are committed to fostering sustainable growth in areas where we can have the greatest impact.
The insights and services we deliver help build trust and confidence in capital markets and economies over the world. We also invest in our communities through collaboration with other leaders in the business sector, championing and supporting entrepreneurs, including a specific focus on empowering women entrepreneurs, and devoting our time and resources to volunteering at national and local levels.
Over the past 15 years, we have been a strategic collaborator of the WEF, working to shape future economic development and share our insights with the world’s most influential business leaders, politicians and academics. We are also proud to be part of the United Nations Global Compact and have pledged to uphold its 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.
Investing in entrepreneurship and innovation
As a group, entrepreneurs represent the best hope of creating sustained economic growth around the world. In developed economies, where growth is still fragile, entrepreneurs have a vital role to play in helping to turn the corner.
Over the past three decades, we have worked with entrepreneurs, tailoring our experience, industry capabilities and resources to work for entrepreneurial, high-growth companies.
Helping entrepreneurs is one of the most powerful ways EY can support our communities. Through the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program, our Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program, and working with global organizations such as Endeavor and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), we are improving the lives of an ever-widening circle of people.
Investing in our communities
As a proponent of the workforce of the future, our efforts focus on helping to see that the full range of talent in our communities has the opportunity to be included in the working world. We apply our business skills and insights to the challenges facing entrepreneurs so that they can strengthen and grow their businesses.
We help women achieve their potential as leaders. In addition, our people volunteer their time to coach, mentor or teach young and underserved students. Our efforts to support our communities reflect our values, leverage our subject-matter knowledge and focus our energy in the areas where we can have the greatest impact.
Demonstrating environmental stewardship
We believe a commitment to an environmentally sustainable world starts with us. As such, we’re challenging ourselves to work in a more environmentally sustainable manner and to find new ways to reduce our carbon footprint and waste stream. Our focus in this space covers three main priorities:
- Measuring our carbon footprint
- Efficiency efforts in our operations
- Changing our behavior
Fiscal year 2013 energy saved