Maximising the potential of children and youth is a key focus area of our community investment strategy. We assist by volunteering our time, providing financial donations and offering our services to NGOs at preferential rates.
Our people are passionate about getting involved in their local communities. We support them by coordinating or funding volunteering activities. In 2019, we launched Social Impact Time, a new initiative that empowers our people to use skills, expertise and networks to innovate and contribute to social and environmental causes. Under Social Impact Time, each person is offered 20 hours a year to do general volunteering during office hours. There is no cap for the time spent on skilled volunteering and other Corporate Responsibility engagements. Our pro-bono and discounted services are also key to driving change within NGOs. Financial donations allow us to give back to worthwhile projects in the community, and support NGOs to solve important problems, too.
Outlined below are some of the ways we’re collaborating with others to help children and youth.
Since 2009, PwC China has been organising week-long volunteer trips for our staff, travelling to rural schools to teach skills, share knowledge and give school children an unforgettable week. Working closely with Yao Foundation and Stepping Stones, 57 of our people have participated in these programmes, contributing over 2,200 hours of their time in FY18.
In Hong Kong, we work with Teach Unlimited Foundation (TUF) to support the education and personal development of financially and socially disadvantaged students. Through our mentorship programme, PwC mentors share their life inspiration and their experience in pursuing higher education and careers with students from two local secondary schools. We also host student visits to our offices to learn about PwC as a professional services firm and the different functions in a corporate environment.
Our job-based capacity building programme with TREATS – Project Shine – continues to offer a mentorship and shadowing opportunity to students from ethnic minority backgrounds in Hong Kong. Through structured workshops and mentoring with PwC partners, directors and managers, the student participants grow their interpersonal and communication skills, leadership, positive working attitudes, teamwork and problem solving, and gain a better understanding of Hong Kong’s business environment.
We care about children and youth in our communities and believe all children with different abilities and backgrounds deserve equal opportunity for participation in society. By working with our charity partners in Mainland China and Hong Kong, our programmes reach orphans, left-behind children, migrant children, and children with disabilities.
We’re supporting Chunhui Children’s Foundation, helping to ensure that orphaned children and children born with disabilities receive the right care to meet their early development, medical and maternal needs. Chunhui Children’s Foundation trains caregivers to provide consistent family-like love and science-based, child-centered education.
We continue to work with TREATS in Hong Kong to promote equal participation for children and youth, through education, exposure and experiences that create an inclusive society for all. In FY18, PwC sponsored nine integration events covering sports, arts, cookeries and city exploration for 200 local and migrant students, from mainstream and special-needs schools.
We have partnered with Enactus China for a number of projects since 2015, sharing the skills and experience of PwC people to help university students develop social entrepreneur projects.
In FY18, 139 PwC people participated in Enactus China’s events, contributing over 1,200 hours of their time. These volunteers were either acting as judges, coordinators or advisors for students’ entrepreneurship programmes that benefit locals’ livelihood, or they mentor university students in job hunting skills.
Director, PwC China
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