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Americas Corporate Sustainability Report 2012

Promoting sustainability

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For our business to be sustainable, we must manage our triple bottom line — balancing financial, social and environmental risks, obligations and opportunities.

Our first corporate sustainability report for the Americas Area represents another step in our sustainability journey.

It is framed around what sustainability means to our people and how we execute it as a business, including how we:

Triple bottom line

Sustainability forms an integral part of our business strategy as a professional services organization. It is embedded in our values and shapes our day-to-day operations. We define sustainability by the three pillars of the triple bottom line:

  • Financial performance: We believe in economic prosperity for our people, our clients and the communities that we serve. We promote and invest in community engagement.
  • Social performance: Our passion for “giving back” is one of the ways we live our values and make a difference. Our activities within our communities include significant investments in entrepreneurship and innovation at home and in emerging markets.
  • Environmental performance: We advocate environmental stewardship within our member firms. We work to reduce our impact on the environment and help to ensure the long-term availability of natural resources.

Sustainability services

Our global network of sustainability professionals spans assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services. We are one of the few professional networks with a global assurance methodology for sustainability.

We have been central to the development of independent assurance standards and reporting practices, both in terms of the methodologies used and in the standards applied.


As clean technology (cleantech) enables the transformation of a variety of industries, we see innovation in technology, business models, financing mechanisms, cross-industry partnerships and corporate adoption.

The EY Global Cleantech Center gathers together a worldwide team of professionals across all service lines that understands the business dynamics of cleantech. It helps clients address their challenges and opportunities.

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Email Stephen Starbuck
Americas Climate Change and Sustainability Services Leader
+1 704 331 1980

Email Leisha John
Americas Director of Environmental Sustainability
+1 305 415 1480

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