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Social Impact

Building trust in society and solving important problems are at the heart of our corporate social responsibility initiatives.

At PwC, we bring together a passionate community of solvers to address the issues that matter to our people, our clients and the nation. 

By combining our skills, knowledge and expertise across sectors, we can create sustained outcomes and have more impact on complex social problems than by working alone. In 2021:  

  • We generated $14.5m of value through social impact time, workplace giving, donations and cash contributions
  • Our people donated 79,400 hours of social impact time
  • We announced a science-based commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
  • 4% of our contestable spend was with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses

We bring to life our commitment to the “S” in ESG, creating meaningful impact and driving these outcomes to realise our vision of the future economy.

"At PwC we encourage our people to think deeply about solutions to societal issues that are important to our clients, communities and the nation. We will continue to help create positive social change and in doing so, reimagine the role of business in society."

Tom Seymour, CEO PwC Australia

Corporate social responsibility issues we are focused on

At PwC, we are committed to using our community of solvers to make a positive impact to each of these challenges facing Australia today:

Climate change is one of the most pressing problems facing our world today and we are carrying out numerous active projects to support sustainability in our business via our lower carbon future and our overall impact on the environment. Among other targets, we have a worldwide science-based commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and we've been certified as a Climate Active carbon neutral organisation since 2008.

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We are honored that Reconciliation Australia recognised our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with an ‘elevate’ status. As part of our plan we have launched a pilot program in Victoria to work with aboriginal communities and incubate 15 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses to fast track their growth and we have committed to employ 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over the next four years.

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As a proud Founding Participant of the Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia, we are dedicated to helping improve Australia’s mental wealth by developing, championing and investing in important conversations, workplace mental health programs as well as new technologies and solutions.

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Every Australian deserves the right to a safe, secure and affordable home and this is why we are focusing our efforts on homelessness and co-founded The Constellation Project, along with Australian Red Cross, Mission Australia and the Centre for Social Impact to drive action and generate practical solutions for people at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.

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As the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic emerging technologies and increased automation continue to fundamentally change the way many jobs are carried out. To ensure every person has the opportunity to gain the awareness, understanding and capability to adapt to technology advances, we have committed to a US$3bn upskilling investment.

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Our suite of social impact & corporate social responsibility initiatives 

We have a suite of initiatives in which we encourage our community of solvers to get involved and make a positive social impact in Australia, including:

PwC’s Foundation Trust and Giving

Giving helps our people support the causes they are passionate about. Our charitable trust is funded by individual donations from our generous partners and staff. Since it was established in 2003, the Foundation has distributed more than $11m of philanthropic funding to charities and disaster relief efforts.

PwC OnBoard

As professionals, we have a role to play in driving social change across Australia. PwC OnBoard bridges the gap between corporate Australia and the not-for-profit (NFP) sector by connecting our people across the firm to board and advisory roles with NFPs they are passionate about.

Activating Our People 

Our Social Impact Time program provides the opportunity for our people to bring their purpose to work. In FY21, PwC people spent over 79,400 hours on social impact activities, including volunteering, mentoring or working on pro/low bono projects. Our employee networks, including the Green Team, Social Impact Champions, Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Groups and Inclusion Networks are committed to driving firmwide change. 

Joint Modern Slavery Statement

We released PwC Australia's Joint Modern Slavery Statement for FY20, which details how we identify and address modern slavery risks impacting the people involved in our operations and supply chains, and how we aim to enhance our approach to these risks.

Building Trust & Capacity

Unlocking our extensive network to connect and engage others and build social leadership across sectors.

Collaborations

We could not have the level of positive and lasting impact that we do in society without our social impact collaborations. They work with us on a number of targeted projects that tackle some of Australia’s most pressing social issues.

Contact us

Jane Edwards

Jane Edwards

Director, Social Impact, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 3 8603 5839

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