Creating a responsible and sustainable business

Giving back to society

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When we talk about “corporate responsibility” at EY, we’re describing both a mindset that injects socially responsible thinking into every aspect of our business and a strategy for using our professional skills to create positive change in communities close to home and around the world. And our people make it happen – through their work with clients, their commitment to EY values, and their volunteering efforts for community development. Here’s an overview of some of our people initiatives:

I slept and dreamt that life was joy;
I awoke and saw that life was service;
I acted and behold, service was joy.

Rabindranath Tagore

Engaging the community

During the annual clothes collection drive in December 2016, for Goonj, an NGO, we reached out to residential colonies, schools and colleges. Team EY collected more than 30,000 kg clothes.

Saving lives

Blood donation camps, an important part of our social responsibility calendar are also open to employees of other organizations sharing the same office premises. In 2016, 852 people across our offices donated blood.

Mentoring

The program allows recipients of our scholarship scheme to benefit from the advice of our employees who mentor the scholarship awardees throughout the year. During these interactive sessions, guidance is offered to the students on career planning, soft skills and lots more.

Matching contributions

When our people raise funds for their preferred causes through leveraging our ‘ Give Back to Society’ (GBS)  and 'Recommend a student for scholarship' initiatives, we help them do more by matching their contributions. Both programs aim to support our people in their personal engagement with community initiatives.

Give Back to Society

The program empowers each one of us to generate funds, resources and campaign for an NGO or cause of our choice. Under the GBS program, on contributing to an NGO of your choice, at the discretion of the organization, you will be eligible to a ‘Give Back to Society incentive – GBS Incentive’ which will be equal to the contribution made by you (on a net of tax basis), subject to an overall cap of Rs 180,000 per NGO.

Sponsor a student

Through this program, one can help children go to school. You can support the education of any child you know and as many children you wish to educate. The EY Foundation (EYF) has a benchmark of Rs. 9,000/- per annum for schooling. There is a higher benchmark for professional courses like Engineering etc.

Payroll giving

The 'Give As You Earn' is a very simple and easy way of supporting a host of charities and causes. All that an employee needs to do is issue instructions on the amount to be donated and the preferred cause, be it animal welfare, care for the elderly, disability, environment, special needs, healthcare or livelihood promotion. The contributions are subsequently disbursed to a credible NGO on behalf of the donor.

Run to raise funds and hopes

Combining the passion for sports with the zeal to support a social cause, our people participate in Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Mumbai marathons to raise pledges for various causes.

Teaching and learning

In the past, our people visited the Saksham Siksha Kendra in Gurgaon thrice a week to help students improve their English language skills and general knowledge awareness.

NGO melas

NGO melas in our offices during festivals such as Holi, Raksha Bandhan, Diwali, Christmas and New Year are an opportunity for NGOs to showcase and sell handicraft and other products created by the needy people they support through their initiatives. The annual Diwali gift for our people since 2009 is being sourced from Himjoli – an NGO that works with producer groups in Uttarakhand to reduce migration to cities by creating sustainable jobs in villages in the area.

These are simple ways in which we combine a very practical need with supporting a good cause. While our people can easily purchase things they need to buy during festivals, for the NGO it’s a way to supplement their fund-raising efforts.