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Professionals show their community spirit

PwC is one of only six companies to have been awarded the full five stars, reflecting its commitment to responsible business issues as well as its on-going and transparent approach to key environmental and social impact areas.

Since its launch in 2002, the CR Index has become the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark of responsible business practices. It assesses all aspects in relation to community, environment, marketplace and workplace issues.

Mike Robinson, senior office partner at PwC in Milton Keynes and the South Midlands said:  “Achieving a five star rating in the CR Index epitomises our approach to being a responsible business.

"It’s a great reflection of the many programmes we’ve established, and recognition for our people who worked so hard to make this happen.

“In Milton Keynes and the South Midlands we are really committed to supporting community programmes, with 51% of staff giving over 500 hours of their time to volunteer last year.”

Staff in PwC’s office in Milton Keynes supported a range of programmes including Sport England, applying their business skills and assisting a number of locally based sports clubs to become more successful, as well as working on environmental projects supporting the local community.

Highlights from PwC’s submission include work to progress natural capital accounting, to establish new standards in green buildings, the creation of a collaborative partnership to tackle homelessness through a social enterprise restaurant, as well as extensive internal programmes to embed a culture that is open-minded, contributes generously to the communities in which it operates. It has also rolled out training which helps to embed sustainability into client engagements.

BiTC chief executive Stephen Howard said: “PwC has driven tangible results on a wide range of programmes that showcase best practice in stakeholder engagement and a high degree of innovation.”