Community engagement

Our community programme is about giving something back by sharing our skills, time and talent. We aim to tackle current UK issues; maximise our impact for our most significant community stakeholders; use our extensive networks for the mutual benefit of our community partners and our people; and apply our unique impact measurement skills to our community work. We offer a variety of ways to contribute, so that as many of our people as possible can participate in the opportunities available.

As a professional services firm with offices across the UK, we have a responsibility to many stakeholders, including the local communities in which we operate. We aim to empower communities by solving important problems and building trust in society, in line with our purpose, through sharing our professional skills and talent. Our portfolio of support includes volunteering, fundraising, discounted work and financial contributions. This mix offers our people a variety of ways to contribute and to benefit from the opportunities available.

We know that many of our people want to ‘give something back’ to society, whilst developing their skills, so we continue to offer a significant amount of time – up to six days per year - for any of our staff or partners to volunteer. We aim to collectively volunteer at least 50,000 hours each year and for at least a quarter of our people to volunteer each year.

With a highly skilled workforce we also want to maximise the impact of our community programmes, so we’ve mapped our volunteering activities to PwC’s professional development framework. This helps staff to identify how volunteering can be part of their overall development, and to include it in the annual performance appraisal process. We also know that volunteering also helps our people feel more engaged, and builds their networks and their social awareness.

We established The PwC Foundation in October 2011 to drive our charitable activities. The objective of the Foundation is to promote social inclusion and sustainable development in the UK. Our current campaign is Together for Change, supporting our four charity partners: Beyond Food, Wellbeing of Women, Samaritans and UK Youth. We raise funds through activities great and small throughout the year and we are very proud of the support our people give to our charity partners. However, our charity partnerships go beyond financial support, we are committed to sharing our skills to enable our partners to maximise their impact and reach as many beneficiaries as possible.

The PwC Foundation is a registered charity (No 1144124)

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Social enterprise has been a key part of our purpose for many years and is one of the ways that we help to empower communities and tackle social mobility.

Our work with social enterprises focuses on two key areas:

  • harnessing the skills of our people to help social enterprise leaders grow successful ventures and increase their impact and
  • supporting fast growing, ambitious social enterprises scale and find routes to market.

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One Firm One Day (OFOD), is our annual firmwide fundraising and volunteering event. Staff across the UK are encouraged to join together and take part in giving something back to our local communities. First launched in 2009, it is our biggest and longest running community event with almost 5,000 volunteers taking part in 2019, contributing over 30,000 hours of their time.

Whilst the focus of the day changes each year, it aligns to the community engagement strategy, and has in the past focused on Social Enterprise, Social Mobility, Mental Health and Wellbeing. In 2019 staff helped raise over £50,000 through the PwC Foundation and supported over 4,000 beneficiaries across the UK through an extremely diverse set of activities.

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At PwC, we've always had a focus on social mobility. We ensure that our recruitment processes for school leavers, graduates and experienced hires promote social mobility and enable access for all, and we're a Top 10 social mobility employer in the 2018 Social Mobility Employer Index. We won the Community Programme of the year award at the 2018 UK Social Mobility Awards and were highly commended in both the Leadership of the Year and Organisation of the Year categories. We also won the Social Mobility Initiative of the Year award at the 2018 European Diversity Awards. As we strengthen our regional presence, we’re continuing to expand our programme reach including a number of the local authority social mobility coldspots identified by the Social Mobility Commission, and we're a Cornerstone Employer in the Bradford Opportunity Area as part of the DfE Opportunity Areas initiative.

To find out more about our work in schools see our Social Mobility page.

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Contact us

David Adair

Head of Community Engagement, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7764 988515

Sarah Churchman

OBE, Chief Inclusion, Community & Wellbeing Officer, PwC United Kingdom

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