TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Canada went big and
went green as part of the first annual PwC Canada Green Week. From June 11 to
15, 2007, over 230 PwC staff and partners participated in 11 unique day-long
environmental events across the country. From Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to
Vancouver, British Columbia, teams of up to 50 PwC volunteers helped better
their communities by doing activities such as tree planting, watershed
improvement and invasive plant removal.
PwC's Canadian Senior Partner and CEO, Chris Clark was part of the
kick-off event in Toronto with environmental organization Evergreen. Clark
says that, "At PwC we believe that a healthy, thriving environment is
everyone's responsibility. As leaders, it is important we personally get
involved and demonstrate the significance of giving back to the community."
PwC's Green Week activities emanated from the firm's Environmental Action
Plan (EAP). The initial actions of the EAP are focused on assessing the
environmental impact of PwC's current operations; investing in new policies
and initiatives to support sustainability; and perhaps most importantly,
empowering all staff to help PwC become a more environmentally responsible
The firm's first "Low Carbon Day" was a part of Green Week, where all of
our people were encouraged to pledge to reduce their carbon footprint in the
coming year. They committed to reducing their energy consumption while at home
and during travel, by selecting from a list of simple changes to their daily
habits and lifestyles.
Other key EAP activities during Green Week included a series of volunteer
activities focused on the environment through the PwC Canada Foundation's Team
Volunteering program. Each year, all PwC Canada employees get a paid day off
work to participate in a team-based volunteer activity. Since PwC's Team
Volunteering Program began in 2005, almost 3,000 staff have taken advantage of
the chance to give back. Through more than 325 day-long projects, PwC
employees across the country have contributed a running total of 20,000 hours
of time to their communities.
Team Volunteering is one of several initiatives of the PwC Canada
Foundation. Established in 2004, the Foundation's mission is to make a
positive, lasting change in the community through the sharing of our time,
expertise and resources.
"At PwC we recognize our obligation to good social and environmental
practices and governance. The EAP provides a holistic and realistic approach
for PwC. It is based on a corporate responsibility framework where we lead by
example - do as we do, not just as we say," says Clark.
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