Deloitte LLP has successfully retained the CommunityMark for a further three years. One of the United Kingdom's largest professional services firms providing audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management and tax services to clients throughout the UK, Deloitte have illustrated their leadership by maximising the long-term difference they are making to their communities and to the business, whilst minimising the negative.
“ Deloitte’s approach to community investment is to focus on long-term and sustainable solutions to real community issues, not just through financial contributions but by effectively using the skills and expertise of our people. ”
Making a difference
Deloitte has successfully demonstrated the difference that it is making to the community. As part of its original CommunityMark achievement, the firm committed to continued support to communities under its five key themes:
- Charitable giving
- Skills and education
- Disability sport
- The environment
- The arts
Over the three years, Deloitte has been successful is achieving all of these commitments and delivered key outcomes for both the business and the community. For example:
- Through the Deloitte Employability Initiative, which helps young people develop the skills attitudes and behaviours needed to secure and sustain quality employment, the firm has supported over 20,000 young people in completing courses and achieving qualifications. This has been achieved by engaging 600 Deloitte employee volunteers to support young people, of whom 84% have significantly developed their core skills, and contributing to the £1 million profits through the firms growing education consulting practice.
- Deloitte has increased the level of employee payroll giving to 24%, increasing the amount donated by 39%. The firm was awarded an HM Treasury Gold Star and highly commended at the 2010 Charities Aid Foundation awards in recognition of this.
Underpinning Deloitte’s work in community investment is a strategy that is well integrated to the wider business. Overall, the firm has a strategic goal to be “the distinctive firm, standing out in their markets through the impact they have on the reputation and success of their clients and how they contribute to a sustainable and prosperous society”.
Their approach to responsible business and community programmes are central to this ambition, with a focus on powerful, mutually beneficial partnerships that bring enhanced benefits for the business, the partner organisations and wider society. Developing long-term relationships linked to their key themes and built on the skills of employees and the firm, Deloitte has demonstrated how community investment is a core aspect of its business proposition and operating culture.
Working in partnership
Deloitte has developed partnerships with organisations that have a proven expertise in their focus area and who can demonstrate the positive impact of their work. Feedback from partners illustrates Deloitte’s approach to partnership working, focused on developing mutually beneficial relationships that deliver support to communities. For example:
- The firm has developed a long-term partnership with ParalympicsGB, the governing body for all elite disabled sport in the UK, to drive participation at grassroots level and develop the performance of talented athletes. Working in partnership, Deloitte has launched Deloitte Disability Sport, which now has 1,700 grassroots disability sports clubs registered to the site, and is the UK’s main source of information about how to get involved and access local disability opportunities. In addition, the firm has raised over £1 million to support the development of talented athletes through the Deloitte Ride Across Britain programme.
- Deloitte has developed a 10-year partnership with CSV, the UK’s leading volunteering and training charity. CSV trains over 12,000 young people and adults each year, helping them build the skills and confidence they need to progress to further education or employment or set up their own business. Deloitte works with CSV on the firms major volunteering day, which has seen more than 7,000 Deloitte employees volunteer over the past three years in support of over 200 community projects.
For more information on Deloitte LLP’s approach to community investment, please visit http://www.deloitte.co.uk/communityinvestment