Building a better working world by strengthening our communities.
We believe business can and must do more to foster sustainable inclusive growth that benefits everyone, not just a few.
More than doing business responsibly, that means applying our skills, knowledge and experience to help address society’s toughest challenges. This defines our approach to corporate responsibility at EY and it’s why we’ve created EY Ripples – a global platform that brings greater scale and sharper focus to our efforts to strengthen our communities.
Through our support for the next generation and impact entrepreneurs, we extend the value of EY knowledge, networks and services to people and places we might not otherwise reach. And by amplifying the social impact of the skills we use in our business every day, we’re starting a ripple effect that’s felt not only in our communities, but also across our organization.
In the Americas, our people are strengthening communities and creating shared value for the business world by supporting two areas of focus:
Advising, guiding and recognizing entrepreneurs at their many stages of growth; a cornerstone of the EY brand for more than three decades. We support entrepreneurs through community engagement programs and NFP relationships such as Ripples Projects, EY-Earthwatch Ambassadors and NFTE.
Supporting education by helping young people prepare for and succeed in the global market, an imperative for EY and all business. We support education through community engagement programs and NFP relationships such as College MAP, Strive for College, Cyberchase, Boys & Girls Clubs, Junior Achievement and United Way.
This is the first step on a multi-year journey to positively affect the lives of millions of people. Because when 260,000 EY people feel inspired to start ripples – and theirs merge with those of other like-minded people and organizations – together, we can create huge waves of change.
Using our experience to create shared value
- To date, 1,600+ EY College MAP Mentors have helped 1,800+ underserved US students imagine and attain their college dreams
- EY Earthwatch Ambassadors have contributed 22,300+ Americas hours to support impact entrepreneurs and engage in dynamic scientific field research
- Through EY Vantage and Ripples Projects, EY Americas professionals have contributed 56,000+ hours and over $19 million worth of services to impact entrepreneurs
- EY Americas professionals have contributed 15,000+ hours to Junior Achievement since 2014
- During EY Connect Day 2018, 18,000+ Americas volunteers contributed 118,000 hours on 880 community projects
Skills-based volunteering strengthens our business and our people
Our employee surveys consistently show that EY people who participate in skills-based volunteer opportunities are more engaged with the firm. This includes better relationships with their managers, longer tenure and 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.
Furthermore, professionals engaged in immersive, long-term volunteer experiences, such as EY College MAP or Ripples Projects, report even higher employee engagement--which impacts our bottom line. For example, EY teams with “best-in-class” engagement had higher gross margins (more than eight points higher), revenue growth per full-time equivalent (more than four points higher) and retention (more than eight points higher). Research conducted by the EY Beacon Institute has also found that embedding purpose into the core business model drives innovation and growth.