Authored by: Laura Schlee
EY Ripples, our corporate responsibility program, uses our peoples’ skills to support youth and underserved groups, impact entrepreneurs and the environment.
EY Ripples is our global corporate responsibility program aimed at mobilizing our 300,000 people around the world to build a better future by making a difference in 1 billion lives over the next decade. It puts our values into action and shows what’s possible when we work together.
The program has three key areas of focus:
- Supporting the next generation: Helping young people and underserved groups to develop the mindsets and transferable skills they need to find and sustain meaningful work, and better equipping them to adapt and thrive for the future of work.
- Working with impact entrepreneurs: Using our knowledge, skills and experience to help scale small and growing for-profit and not-for-profit businesses that are driving progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals by tackling inequality and empowering people to change their lives.
- Accelerating environmental sustainability: Helping scale adoption of behaviours, technologies and business models that accelerate progress towards a net positive circular economy.
Across all focus areas, we promote diversity and inclusion by helping underserved groups obtain equal access to education and employment, supporting Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) and underrepresented impact entrepreneurs, and understanding the ways in which communities of colour are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis.
In 2020, the EY Ripples program in Canada grew from 1 pilot location in Toronto to 15 offices across the country. With 70 organizations in our Canadian portfolio, we have had more than 1,000 volunteers participate in EY Ripples initiatives and in onboarding nonprofits and social enterprises into the program through our EY Ripples Task Forces in each office. Volunteering through EY Ripples continues to be a meaningful way for EY employees to stay engaged with the community and use their skills to build a better working world.