Environmental Social Governance Services

EY is committed to maintaining a diverse supplier base and building relationships with suppliers that reflect the market, clients and communities we serve.

What EY can do for you

Our purpose is to drive sustainability, and social and economic impact for EY teams and the communities we serve. As part of the EY purpose of building a better working world, Environmental Social Governance Services (ESGS) is driving an inclusive and sustainable mindset across the EY organization through our procurement strategy.

"Our commitment is to inspire diverse suppliers to think big and be confident in their ability to provide high quality products and services that meet our needs. Through our initiative we aim to create a distinctive experience for suppliers by teaming together to develop innovative solutions, strategies and accelerating possibilities as we respond with a diverse mindset to our customers, clients and communities around us," says Larry Phelan, EY Global Chief Procurement Officer.

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Our commitment

We are committed to maintaining a diverse supplier base and building relationships with suppliers that reflect the market, clients and communities we serve. We seek to actively identify, develop and do business with diverse suppliers as an integral component of our procurement activities. Our ESGS team drives the supplier diversity initiative at EY member firms to promote supplier inclusion.

Small and diverse-owned businesses

We seek suppliers that are certified as at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by one or more minority, woman, LGBTQ+, veteran, service-disabled veteran, person with a disability, aboriginal-indigenous person or a historically underutilized business defined by the local country that can enhance EY’s competitive advantage, and provide innovative and cost-effective services for our clients.

Our advocacy organization membership allows ESGS to participate in activities to recruit diverse contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers of products and services of value. Our procurement professionals are not only trained in supplier diversity, but the team also educates suppliers about our procurement process through the many activities we support.

Supplier registration

We maintain a procurement database that helps us search for qualified suppliers, and we encourage suppliers to register on the database, so they will be considered when sourcing opportunities become available for their industry areas. Suppliers are also encouraged to use the database to update their information and provide electronic versions of marketing materials for our procurement professionals to review. 

At EY, we search for suppliers who can help us provide exceptional services to clients and support the overall success of our organization. Become a registered supplier.

ESGS programs supporting small and diverse-owned businesses

Our goal is to help diverse entrepreneurs in building the economy around the globe. We create this opportunity by providing a distinctive experience for suppliers and EY through our ESGS program. Our program develops diverse suppliers through mentoring, education, networking and scholarships to accelerate their growth and knowledge.

  • We provide scholarships for diverse businesses to attend executive leadership programs.
  • ESGS participates in internal and external mentoring programs. Through these programs, we offer protégés access to leadership training and assessment tools to identify challenge areas, and we facilitate strategy sessions that update and improve suppliers’ organizations.
  • We sponsor Perfecting Your Pitch workshops and competitions.
  • We foster growth for the next generation of diverse young entrepreneurs

Sustainable procurement

EY is committed to building a better working world — one that creates sustainable and inclusive economic growth. We recognize that our responsibility to minimize the environmental impact of our business operations extends to our people and clients and to the wider communities in which we all live. This includes continued efforts to promote the highest ethical standards within the EY supply chain, and to maintain and grow a diverse supplier base that reflects the markets, clients and communities we serve.

For a better understanding of our commitment, please review:

Supplier due diligence

Just as the EY Global Code of Conduct sets out the standards of ethical behavior expected of every EY person, our Supplier Code of Conduct does the same for EY suppliers. Our Global Supplier Code of Conduct outlines our environmental and human rights/social expectations and asks suppliers to verify their social and environmental sustainability standards.

To monitor supplier performance our EY Supplier Portal provides EY procurement professionals with enhanced visibility of the capabilities of current and potential suppliers. Here, suppliers complete a self-assessment questionnaire so we can better understand their social and environmental policies, practices and certifications.

Awards and recognition

EY’s efforts to support global diversity and inclusiveness within procurement have earned EY recognition in the marketplace, including the following:

  • Program awards

    • Minority Business News USA’s All-Stars of Supplier Diversity (2020)
    • Ranked No. 7 in WEConnect’s Top 10 Global Champions for Supplier Diversity & Inclusion (2020)
    • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Top Corporation (2018-19) Hall of Fame distinction
    • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Top Corporation (2013–2017) Platinum distinction
    • Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Corporation of the Year Award (2018)
    • Ranked No. 6 for Supplier diversity in Diversity Inc.’s Top 12 Companies for Supplier Diversity (2018-19)
    • Canadian Aboriginal Minority Supplier Council’s Collaboration Award (2017)
    • National Minority Supplier Development Council’s Global Link Corporation of the Year (2017)
    • Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce finalist for Corporation of the Year (2017)
    • Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa, achieved level one status (2017)
    • Gender Mainstreaming Awards, Specific Category, Economic Empowerment (Overall winner) South Africa (2017)
    • National Business Inclusion Consortium’s Best of the Best Leadership Award (2016)
    • Minority Business News USA’s Most Admired Companies in Supplier Diversity (2016)
    • Procurement Leaders, World Procurement Awards finalist, Corporate Social Responsibility Award (2016)
    • Women’s Enterprise USA’s 100 Corporations of the Year (2013–17)
    • Minority Business News USA’s Corporate 101 (2013–17)
    • Top Corporation for Women Business Enterprises from Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (2009–12)
    • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Corporation of the Year (2011)
  • Champion awards

    • WBENC Applause Award (2018)
    • ISM NY Donna Georgio Service Award (2018)
    • WeConnect Canada’s Champion of the Year Award (2018-19)
    • National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Global Advocate Award (2018)
    • Women Presidents Educational Organization’s Outstanding Women’s Business Advocate Award (2017)
    • Minority Business News USA’s Supplier Diversity Champion Designation (2017)
    • US Business Leadership Network’s John D. Kemp Leadership Award (2017)
    • WBE Hall of Fame’s Chief Executive Award (2016)
    • Women’s Enterprise’s 100 Top Diversity Leaders (2016)
    • Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council’s Procurement Business Advocate of the Year (2016)
    • Nomination for Buyer of the Year award by Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (2015)
    • Nomination for Procurement Business Advocate of the Year award by Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (2015)
    • WBE Hall of Fame Inductees Corporate Advocate (2013)
    • Women’s Enterprise USA’s Top 50 Women in Corporate Supplier Diversity (2013)
    • Diversity Plus magazine’s Top 30 Champions of Diversity (2013)
    • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s William J. Alcorn Leadership Award (2011)
    • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Applause Award (2010)

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