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.

Let’s work together

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



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 participant 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.

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.

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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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EY Global Ideathon: Farm To Fork competition 

The EY Global Ideathon - Farm To Fork was launched to empower new innovators and explore new solutions for food security.

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Hours of service


hours were devoted by EY Switzerland people to EY Ripples initiatives in FY23.

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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. logo
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Let’s work together

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



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.

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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 2023, with a score of 73 out of 100 EY Switzerland was ranked among the top 2% of companies assessed by EcoVadis in the legal and accounting industry, resulting in a gold medal for our third assessment.

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Awards and accolades

The EY Ripples program and EY teams are earning worldwide recognition from clients and collaborators for the impact they’re making. Recent awards include:

  • Winner of “Global Good Company of the Year — Bronze” and “Educational Excellence — Silver” at Global Good Awards in 2023
  • Winner of the Microsoft 2023 Global Sustainability Changemaker Partner of the Year Award
  • Winner of the 2023 International CSR Excellence Award for Corporate Citizenship
  • Finalist for the 2023 SAP Pinnacle Award for Social Impact
  • Received a Platinum Catalyst Business Commitment badge in 2023
  • Winner of the 2022 SAP Pinnacle Award for Social Impact
  • Winner of “Most Impactful Business Partner” in the Life Terra Climate Action Awards 2021–2022
  • Winner of the 2022 Microsoft USA Inclusion Changemaker Award (for the EY STEM App)
  • Winner of “Technology for Good — Silver” at Global Good Awards in 2022
  • Winner of “We Excel in Sustainability” at Chiesi Vendor Day Italy in 2022
  • Recognized on the MENTOR National Mentoring Honor Roll in 2022
  • Winner of 2022 “Best ESG Strategy” Human Resources Online Employee Experience Awards in Hong Kong
  • Winner of 2022 “Champion of Good” from Singapore National Volunteer And Philanthropy Centre
  • Received 2022 “Deputy Prime Minister of Economic Affairs” Award from Chosun Media in Korea
  • Winner of “Best Social Responsibility Project” in China’s 2021 Employer Branding Creativity Awards
  • Recipient of the Junior Achievement USA Gold US President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2021–2022
  • Awarded “JA Best Volunteer Program 2021” by Junior Achievement Italy
  • Received a 2021 “Social Corporate Contribution Award” from Korea Economic Daily
  • Received a 2021 “Social Contribution Award” from Chosun Media

In 2023, EY Switzerland was ranked among the top 4% of all companies assessed by EcoVadis in our industry 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 with corrective action plans. 

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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.t

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