We're committed to finding practical solutions to end homelessness.
At PwC we believe every Australian deserves the right to a safe, secure and affordable home. This is why we are focusing our efforts on homelessness and working together with other organisations to achieve greater impact.
We are encouraging our people to get involved in a multitude of ways, from activating social impact time and skilled volunteering, engaging with low or pro-bono work, giving to the PwC Foundation Trust or participating in awareness building activities and big fundraising events.
Last year we pulled together the largest corporate team in the history of Sleep at the ‘G, and raised an incredible $147,000.
While Melbourne consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities, the number of people sleeping rough on the city’s streets continues to increase, going up by a staggering 74 percent from 2014 to 2016 alone. They have no secure place of their own, and are often forced into unsafe housing, sleeping on someone’s couch – or in some cases, out on the street.
That is why a PwC team of 152 people joined hundreds of Melburnians at the iconic MCG on 17 May for Sleep at the ‘G, a Melbourne City Mission event to raise vital funds to support the city’s homeless youth.
Our team raised an incredible $147,000 which will go towards building a 24/7 youth crisis centre and service delivery model which provides emergency accommodation, specialist health and care services, pathways to long term housing, and education and employment all under one roof.
Part of our work on homlessness involves raising awareness and engagement with the issue. At PwC we want our people and our Partners to feel comfortable with uncomfortable conversations.
PwC’s first Bold Debate interrogated the proposition that ‘all Australians live in cities that are equitable where everyone has a home’. We know that’s not true, but the debate enabled us to explore the 'why' and open the space for frank discussions. We were not disappointed. Guest debaters included, Author Jane Caro, NSW Independent MP Alex Greenwich, our own PwC Cities Partner lead Kylee Anastasi along with Meg Bartholomew and SMEC Smart Cities Advisor, Dorte Ekelund.
Watch NSW Independent MP @Alex Greenwich argue the affirmative “we’ve got this” and @Jane Caro take on the negative it’s “never gonna happen.”
I became passionate about issues of social inequality while traveling through developing countries after I finished university. I had always wanted to be involved in social change, but I didn't know where to start.
I’ve always felt proud that PwC actively supports social causes. So when I learned that homelessness would be an area of focus for the firm, I put my hand up to be a social impact champion around homelessness.
To activate those around me, I started small, speaking to my immediate team then I broadening out. It was apparent that people in my team wanted to get involved, so I organised for the team to participate in Wesley Mission’s $10 food challenge.
I feel very privileged to be part of the Constellation Project - networking with other passionate individuals across corporate, government, and NFP sectors. It feels empowering to use my consulting skills to help solve such an important social issue.
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