PwC North West - Our Economic & Social Impact

Solving important problems

Developing employment & economic sustainability

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PwC Manchester has a very clear Place and Purpose strategy in line with the city and strives to increase employment & economic sustainability through both the provision of direct and indirect good and fairly paid jobs and through supporting the growth of other businesses in the region.

A fair and leading local employer

  • Employs over 20,000 people nationally and over 1,300 in Manchester
  • All direct employees and those employed through our support contracts receive a minimum of the National Living Wage
  • The firm’s regional focus is increasing to reduce London bias – the Manchester office has doubled in headcount over the past 7 years
  • Our total economic impact in the North West (direct operations, spend with suppliers, and salaries) totals around £500m in 2017 ( £2.7bn nationally)
  • Our total tax impact nationally (the tax we pay directly, the taxes our suppliers pay relating to the goods and services we purchase from them; and the taxes that our people and the employees of our suppliers pay through spending their personal income) equalled £1.8bn in 2017
  • The Higher Apprentice Scheme is designed to make the firm more accessible, especially those who can not afford to go to university (151 starters in 2017)

Supporting Growth in Manchester

  • Actively supports ‘Marketing Manchester’ - the agency charged with promoting Greater Manchester on the national and international stage to visitors, investors, conference organisers and students. Supports through holding board positions, supporting events and hosting events
  • Our SCALE programme, gives start-up businesses 12 weeks of access to our relationship networks; new approaches to market; legal, compliance and tax expertise; and pitch and sales coaching. Over 20 firms in the Greater Manchester area have been through the SCALE programme
  • A founding member of the Buy Social Corporate Challenge - which aims to harness the spending power of business to support start-ups that have a social or environmental mission, providing jobs for disadvantaged groups

 

Improving living standards of local residents

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A fair and equal opportunity employer

  • All direct employees and those employed through our support contracts receive a minimum of the National Living Wage
  • More than 1,500 graduates and school leavers, including 151 higher apprentices, started their careers with PwC and 960 students undertook paid work experience and internship opportunities in 2017. The firm hired graduates from 76 universities and visited 178 schools to help potential recruits understand the career options available.
  • The firm launched an innovative new technology degree apprenticeship with the Universities of Birmingham and Leeds to give 80 students per year an opportunity to earn while they learn, giving people from a wider range of backgrounds the opportunity to pursue a tech career.
  • We invest a huge amount of time and money into training our people, supporting them through professional qualifications and encouraging them to complete CPD
  • Flexible working is supported at all levels

 

Promoting participation & citizen engagement in the voluntary sector

  • All staff are entitled to up to six days of paid volunteering per year, local charities that have benefitted from this support include: Smart Works, Tutor Trust, The Proud Trust, Manchester Soup, St Ann’s Hospice, Martin Mere Wetlands Centre and The Dogs Trust
  • Through ‘One Firm One Day’ all staff are encouraged to use the same day in May to support local charities at scale
  • The Manchester office supports two charities per year as voted for by the staff – currently Mind and the The Christie (PwC matches employee fund raising for these charities)
  • Flexible working supports and enables engagement; in the Manchester office this has allowed employees to take up roles with: Army Reservists, Justice of the Peace and Marketing Manchester
  • The firm has been accredited with Business in the Community’s Community Mark since 2011 - the UK’s only national standard that publicly recognises leadership and excellence in community investment
  • The PwC Social Entrepreneurs Club supports 250 social enterprises across the UK with a range of training, mentoring and developmental support, as well as supply chain opportunities
  • PwC run Centres for Social Impact in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester and Norwich, where we foster social innovation and impact measurement and share our knowledge to accelerate positive change across the UK

 

Building capacity & sustainability in the voluntary sector

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  • Our activities are supported by the PwC Foundation a registered charity set up to promote social inclusion and sustainable development in the UK
  • All staff are entitled to up to 2 weeks of paid volunteering per year, local charities that have benefitted from this support include: Smart Works, Tutor Trust, The Proud Trust, Manchester Soup, St Ann’s Hospice, Martin Mere Wetlands Centre and The Dogs Trust
  • Through ‘One Firm One Day’ all staff are encouraged to use the same day in May to support local charities at scale
  • The Manchester office supports two charities per year as voted for by the staff – currently Mind and the The Christie (PwC matches employee fund raising for these charities)
  • We have worked closely with over 40 partner schools nationally, selected based on their proximity to social mobility coldspots, and Opportunity Areas, and the proportion of students eligible for free school meals. We offer a suite of activities including mentoring, work experience, and employability workshops
  • Over the past five years, through the PwC Social Entrepreneurs Club 485 social enterprises have been supported
  • PwC are founding members of Social Enterprise UK’s ‘Buy Social’ orporate challenge, aiming to give Club members and other social enterprises greater access to our supply chain. In 2017, we spent £1.5 million with social enterprises.

 

Promoting equality & fairness 

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PwC aim to be a leading employer with regard to equality, diversity and the support it provides to staff for mental health and physical health.

  • The firm is actively trying to improve social mobility and encourage people to join the firm from more diverse backgrounds. 39% of the latest graduate intake were first generation graduates, 74% attended state school, 14% came from homes eligible for income support and 10% were eligible for free school meals
  • PwC extended its commitment to diversity by becoming one of the first firms to publish BAME pay gap data, in addition to its gender pay figures, and progress against gender and ethnicity targets
  • Mental Health is actively supported and promoted with the ‘Green Light to Talk’ campaign aimed at encouraging people to talk about mental health at work. More than 12,500 of PwC’s people wore green ribbons, indicating their support, and the Twitter reach was 3.4 million
  • PwC and the Samaritans are developing a Wellbeing programme focussing on: emotional and mental health awareness, listening skills through e-learning and using our volunteering scheme to encourage staff to train as Samaritans listening volunteers
  • The firm has a long standing relationship with Wellbeing of Women, a charity dedicated to improving the health of women and babies. Each year we sponsor a doctor to undertake a particular medical research project to develop better treatments and outcomes

Kevin Ellis (UK Senior Partner) commented: “Encouraging social mobility and promoting diversity are vital for the future success of the firm. The more transparent we are with our diversity and social mobility data, the more we hold ourselves accountable to achieving real change towards our goal of being a truly diverse organisation.”

 

Promoting & increasing environmental sustainability

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For several  years our sustainability strategy has been based around two key principles:

- Being a catalyst for change - using our skills, voice, and relationships to work with others and become “part of the solution” through activities that influence change in the marketplace, with clients and suppliers.

- Doing the right thing - advancing an active agenda of sustainability initiatives which create value for our business and for our stakeholders. This includes acting in a way that upholds social and environmental standards.

  • ‘Acting on Carbon’ has worked with all the PwC UK offices and suppliers to support them to measure their carbon footprint, set reduction targets and to switch to renewable energy sources. Over 10 years it has resulted in a reduction in  the carbon footprint associated with our energy consumption in our buildings by 77%, and a reduction in total absolute carbon emissions by 29% (whilst the firm has nearly doubled in activity)
  • The growing dedicated Sustainability and Climate Change practice is available to engagements and providing thought leadership in this area
  • The Responsible Technology policy aims to maximise the positive impacts whilst minimising the potential negative impacts (such as accelerated environmental damage), in both our own business and in our client work
  • The firm has developed the Total Impact Measurement and Management Framework to help our clients understand how different activities contribute to the environment, society and the economy. It is available as ‘open source’ to help advance the common good
  • PwC staff continue to work closely with a range of partners - including The Conservation Volunteers, Earthwatch, Groundworks, the Marine Conservation Society, the RSPB, Trees for Cities, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and more locally the Martin Mere Wetlands centre.

Contact us

General Enquiries

North West, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)161 245 2000

Media Enquiries

North West, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 7841 468 175

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