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Americas Corporate Sustainability Report 2012

Entrepreneurship and innovation

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What are the main drivers of your company’s planned acquisition activity in your chosen market/country? (respondents could select two)

Automotive capital confidence barometer - Growth

1 Source: S&P Capital IQ, 11 April 2012

“Entrepreneurial Winning Women couples our longstanding commitment to entrepreneurship with our values of diversity and inclusiveness. We seek to increase the number of market-leading companies run by women by using our vast network and depth of resources to accelerate the growth and success of these women-founded companies.” - Herb Engert, Americas Strategic Growth Markets Leader,
Ernst & Young LLP

Now, more than ever, national economies depend on entrepreneurial companies to develop, innovate and prosper.

Entrepreneurs use their fresh thinking and hard work to create positive change — bringing new concepts and products to market, and creating jobs and wealth. We invest in entrepreneurs to help create economic prosperity that benefits not only individuals, but also the communities in which they live and operate.

Investing in emerging markets

We have invested more than US$1.5 billion over the past five years, much of it earmarked for emerging markets. As a result, we have seen high growth in countries such as Brazil, China and India, and regions of Africa.

Investing in strategic growth markets

We were the first professional services organization to bring together professionals serving Strategic Growth Markets (SGM). With resources stretching across each of our Areas and Sub-Areas, SGM professionals provide perspective, advice and insight to help entrepreneurial companies grow and become market leaders.

EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women

Entering its fifth year in the United States, the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program™ is a national competition and executive leadership program. It identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses indicate the ability to scale — and then helps them do it.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is a global not-for- profit organization focused solely on bringing entrepreneurship education to low-income teenagers at risk of dropping out of high school. Our professionals volunteer as NFTE coaches, judges and mentors.

Corporate Responsibility Fellows Program

Since 2005, our member firms have helped promising entrepreneurs in Latin America succeed through the Corporate Responsibility (CR) Fellows Program. This skills-based volunteering program enables our manager/ assistant director- through to partner-level professionals from the United States and Canadian firms to participate in multi-week volunteer projects.

We work with the not-for-profit organization Endeavor to place the CR Fellows with high-impact entrepreneurs, innovative organizations with proven track records in revenue growth and job creation. More than 1,400 hours were donated in 2011.

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