We're celebrating 10 years of the PwC Foundation, the PwC Social Entrepreneurs Club, and our own social enterprise Brigade - in collaboration with BaxterStory and BeyondFood.
Since we began our journey in 2011 we have supported hundreds of charities and social enterprises through funding, access to paid work in our supply chain, and through our people volunteering their time and skills to increase our social impact in communities across the UK.
Hear from Kevin Ellis, PwC Foundation Trustee and PwC UK Chairman, about what the last 10 years has meant to him.
The PwC Foundation is a registered charity (No 1144124), set up in October 2011 to promote social inclusion and sustainable development in the UK, in line with our purpose.
We're supporting four strategic partner charities, which align with our new community strategy focus areas. Two of these charities have been voted for by our staff. They chose to support Crisis as our social mobility partner, and Hospice as our health and wellbeing partner. The other two PwC Foundation charities are long standing partners: Beyond Food and Wellbeing of Women.
Find out more about these current fundraising partners below:
Everyone should have a safe and secure home. However, traumatic experiences combined with constant pressures of low income and high rents push people into homelessness. Crisis helps people directly out of homelessness and campaigns for the changes needed to solve it altogether.
Our partnership with Crisis will focus on providing vital access to technology and online coaching to people who are homeless. Most of us rely on digital technology every day and we often take this for granted. PwC believes that everyone should be able to live, learn, work and participate in the digital world. Crisis agrees. Digital inclusion is essential for people experiencing homelessness, in our increasingly online lives.
By working together we can ensure that more people are supported on their journey out of homelessness.
Hospice UK champions and supports over 200 UK hospices to care for 200,000 adults, children and babies with life-limiting and terminal illnesses every year, and support their families too. They believe that everyone should receive the best end of life care. PwC’s support will help Hospice UK provide expert information, advice and support when people need it most. Find out more on the Hospice UK website and take a look at why it’s so important to help them Open Up Hospice Care.
The Beyond Food Community Interest Company inspires people who are at risk of, or have experienced, homelessness to gain meaningful employment, through their social enterprise restaurant, Brigade. They passionately believe in the power of food as a catalyst to break the cycle of homelessness and reinvest all their profits to deliver social value.
We raise funds through activities great and small throughout the year, and are proud of the support our people give to our charity partners. They have run, swum, made cakes, ate cakes, climbed mountains, trekked, cycled and quizzed to support the charity beneficiaries. One of our largest fundraising activities is our charity cycle challenge, Ride the Nation. Our annual fundraising and volunteering day, One Firm One Day, is also a great showcase of our support for our PwC Foundation charities.
ColourBrave Charity Committee As part of our commitment to continue to build an inclusive culture and tackle racial inequality, we established a ColourBrave Charity Committee, made up of people from across the firm. Their role is to help allocate grants and develop volunteering opportunities to increase our support for Black-led social enterprises, as well as charities with ethnic minority beneficiaries.