Building trust, making an impact
The biggest impact PwC can make comes from our day-to-day work helping clients navigate many of the complex systems – capital markets, taxation and the economy – that underpin society. We help these systems function and clients to operate effectively within them.
Our community investments are an important part of our efforts to help build trust in society and solve important problems. By sharing PwC’s greatest assets – the skills, knowledge and talent of our people – we focus on education, building the capacity of NGOs and supporting social and micro enterprises around the world.
The air quality in Polish cities is one of the worst in the EU. Improvement of the natural environment, in addition to significant infrastructure investments, requires above all an increase in ecological awareness of the society.
The Business vs smog program aims to implement an employee volunteer programme to educate children and young people about smog and air quality. PwC create the program and initiate cooperation between 11 companies: Akamai, Amway, Aon, CANPACK Group, Cisco, Hitachi Vantara, Herbalife Nutrition, Jacobs (Ch2M), PwC, Wilson HCG and Zurich Insurance Company LTD. and two associations, ASPIRE - The Association of Technology and Business Services Companies and the Krakow Smog Alert.
The workshops for children within the programme take place during the winter months. The classes are conducted by employee volunteers from companies involved in the project, who have been previously trained by the Krakow Smog Alert members. The programme has been adapted to fit different age groups. Workshop participants will learn what smog is, why it forms, what dangers it presents to human life and health and what we can do to be able to breathe cleaner air. All of the workshops are free – the educational facilities do not bear any costs associated with running them.
The Business vs smog program is the first in Poland presenting such a broad agreement in the area of community involvement. What makes the project so unique in terms of the model of cooperation of the companies involved, is that at the beginning each of them committed to the accomplishment of several tasks at the level of project management. Individual responsibilities are dispersed among the coordinators – volunteers coming from each company.
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The programme has been run by PwC and School for Leaders since 2010. The idea of “Two sectors – one vision” is that PwC professionals coach social leaders. All coachees have to set goals related with improvement for community, own organization and personal skills. During 6 months they meet for sessions and in pairs: coach – coachee work together to achieve these goals.
The aims of the programme are: experience and knowledge sharing, building intersectoral cooperation, supporting the third sector and corporate social involvement.
Thanks to the programme, social leaders identify their objectives and their strategy better as well as manage processes and people more effectively. As a result, all of that improve the efficiency and range of actions of social organization.
The program was awarded in the European CSR Award Scheme in 2013.
PwC has been supporting the Foundation of Socio-economic Innovations (FISE) since 2012. PwC is a partner of the Competition for the Jacek Kuroń Social Enterprise of the Year award run by FISE. We support the competition financially and with our knowledge and experience, and we also award social leaders selected by the Jury giving them the opportunity of participating in the mentoring programme.
The goal of the programme is to improve the enterprise’s operating efficiency through the social leader’s and the PwC mentor’s joint efforts to resolve the enterprise’s key management issues. Experts – PwC volunteers work with the awarded enterprises for 6 months, supporting their development in specific areas. Thanks to that, they are able to develop the enterprises and offer support to greater number of people. As social enterprises run the business to accomplished social objectives through economic means they allocate profits to prevent a social exclusion and create an added value for all of us.
In 2018, in the 8th edition of the Competition, the Jury awarded 10 social enterprises with the mentoring program implemented by 31 PwC volunteers.
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Senior Manager Corporate Social Responsibility, PwC Poland
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