Building a better working world by strengthening our communities
Making a positive difference in the world is not a side activity; it’s the core of our purpose: building a better working world. We believe we make the biggest contribution to our communities when we take the same distinctive services and competencies we use in our business every day and apply them to help solve some of our communities’ most pressing challenges.
In the Americas, we maximize our social impact in three focus areas:
Entrepreneurs: We support volunteer activities that advance entrepreneurs as creators of social and economic value.
Education: We support volunteer activities that increase access to education, a critical building block of youth employment.
Equity in the workforce: We support volunteer activities that champion diversity and inclusiveness in the workforce.
We call them our “3Es,” and they are how Americas volunteers bring our global corporate responsibility strategy to life.
Using our experience to create shared value
Skills-based volunteering strengthens our business and our people
We want to be the organization that, whenever people join, however long they stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime.
Community engagement is an important part of that experience, but we don't simply provide an extra pair of hands. We contribute more to our communities and give our people more meaningful experiences by tapping into their professional skills and capabilities. Our people serve on not-for-profit boards, support schools, mentor underserved students, and assist high-impact entrepreneurs.
We consider community engagement a key professional development experience. For example, being a mentor or tutor for underserved youth helps professionals become more inclusive leaders. Planning and executing a volunteer event provides opportunities to build skills in project management, and joining a not-for-profit board is a way to expand and deepen one’s professional network.
Through annual employee engagement surveys, we’ve learned that employees who participate in our community engagement efforts are more engaged. This leads to longer tenure with the organization, best-in-class employee engagement, and even significantly higher performance ratings. Employees also tell us that firm-sponsored volunteer activities help them expand their networks and develop new leadership, business and cross-cultural teaming skills.
Please note: EY does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or volunteer engagements.