Corporate responsibility

At EY, we believe we have a duty to act responsibly and in the long-term interests of all stakeholders, guided by our purpose of building a better working world.

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If you see opportunities to collaborate and scale impact, the EY Ripples team would like to hear from you.

 

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As a proud participant in the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the global EY organization is committed to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to aligning strategy and operations with the UNGC Ten Principles. EY Switzerland is proud member of the UN Global Compact Network Switzerland and Liechtenstein. 

Through the EY Ripples program, EY people are devoting their time to SDG-focused projects, bringing together the combined skills, knowledge and experience of the global EY network in pursuit of one shared vision: to positively impact one billion lives by 2030. At the same time, across the global EY organization, we continue to challenge ourselves to embed responsibility, inclusiveness and sustainability more deeply in everything we do. This includes through global commitments to upholding and promoting human rights, and to innovating toward a net zero future.

Overseeing these commitments is the EY Corporate Responsibility Governance Council, which includes several members of the EY Global Executive, and brings together leaders from across EY functions, service lines and geographies. At EY Switzerland, we have established a Swiss Corporate Responsibility Board with representatives from different areas of our business.

Positively impacting one billion lives by 2030

Faced with the urgent and interconnected challenges of climate change and social inequality, we believe businesses must go further, faster, to build a better working world — one that is socially just, economically inclusive and environmentally regenerative by design. Launched in 2018, with the ambition to positively impact one billion lives by 2030, the EY Ripples program embodies our quest to lead EY people and networks in accelerating progress toward the SDGs.

Key milestone

300 thousand

Is the number of lives EY Ripples aims to have impacted by 2025 with the effort of EY Switzerland volunteers.

Using EY skills and experience across three focus areas

Together with clients and other like-minded organizations, EY people use their distinctive skills, knowledge and experience to bring positive change across three focus areas: supporting the next generation workforce, working with impact entrepreneurs and accelerating environmental sustainability. These are the areas where we believe our combined capabilities can make the biggest impact — where each ripple we start has the potential to grow and join with others to create waves of change.

  • Supporting the next generation workforce

    The world needs critical thinkers and creative problem-solvers, ready to collaborate on solving society’s toughest challenges. As a world-renowned developer of talent, the EY organization extends its knowledge to help young people and underserved groups build the mindsets and skills needed to succeed in an era of unprecedented change.

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  • Working with impact entrepreneurs

    The world needs business model innovation that prioritizes social justice, economic inclusion and environmental regeneration. This is where impact enterprises already live. EY people extend their professional services skills and experience to help these enterprises achieve true scale and significance.

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  • Accelerating environmental sustainability

    The world needs urgent action to address the climate emergency. As a leading provider of climate change and sustainability services, the EY organization extends the value of its knowledge and experience to help accelerate adoption of new models, technologies and behaviors that protect and regenerate the environment.

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Hours of service

13,536

hours were devoted by EY Switzerland people to EY Ripples initiatives in FY21.

EY Ripples extends the value of EY knowledge and networks to people and places we might not otherwise reach. It empowers EY people to devote their time to SDG-focused projects that apply their skills in different contexts, and help them develop as more inclusive leaders with a deeper understanding of the challenges facing low-income and marginalized communities. As more and more EY people learn to appreciate the social value of the skills they use every day, so creating long-term value for society becomes more deeply embedded in our culture.

By joining forces with clients and other like-minded organizations, we can achieve together what no one organization could achieve alone.

Tackling the interconnected challenges of climate change and social inequality requires systemic change. By joining forces with clients and other like-minded organizations — including the following — across multiple countries, we can achieve together what no one organization could achieve alone. The constellation of organizations we work with includes government bodies, nonprofits, multinational corporations and impact investors, and it’s growing all the time.

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all 4 youth
aspen network logo
inclusive capitalism logo
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ja worldwide logo
the leaf coalition logo
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microsoft logo
mit solve logo
Sap logo
socap global logo
teach for all logo
uk aid logo
unilever logo
unreasonable logo
zooniverse logo

Let’s work together

If you see opportunities to collaborate and scale impact, the EY Ripples team would like to hear from you.

 

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Operating responsibly

At EY, we believe that when organizations align their aims with society’s, they will be more valuable and viable in the long-term, and we will all be closer to addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges. It is through this lens that we make long-term commitments, including in relation to upholding human rights and innovating toward a net zero future.

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EY Global Environmental Statement

The EY Global Environmental Statement demonstrates our commitment to our people, and the communities where we live and work, that we will operate in a more responsible manner.
 

EY Global Environmental Statement 

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EY Global Human Rights Statement

The EY Global Executive has signed this statement to demonstrate its commitment to uphold and promote human rights.

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The EY carbon ambition

 
The global EY organization has set targets to significantly reduce absolute emissions, and to remove or offset more carbon than we emit each year, making EY carbon negative in 2021 and net zero by 2025.

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EcoVadis Sustainability Rating

In 2022, EY Switzerland was ranked among the top 5% of all companies assessed by EcoVadis and awarded with a gold medal in recognition of our sustainability achievement. The EcoVadis Sustainability Rating reviews the extent to which we introduce sustainability policies, practices and reporting in our business and helps us to understand the gaps to further improve our performance. We are encouraged by this result but are also committed to enhancing our sustainability performance further with corrective action plans since the first assessment in 2021. 

EY Value Realized 2021

Read the report on our progress in building a better working world by creating long-term value for our people, clients and wider society.

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EY Switzerland Sustainability Report 2021

Read in the report how EY Switzerland is creating long-term value and turning ambition into action. The report outlines our ESG commitments, actions and key performance indicators.

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