Giving back to society
Driving change, inspiring others
If you would like to have a wider impact on society, there are plenty of opportunities for you at Grant Thornton. We’re passionate about making a difference in our communities. Through our sustainability initiatives we are contributing to society by creating lasting benefits that empower others to thrive. Here’s how you can get involved:
- Step into the classroom and share your skills – inspire 11-13 year olds through our School Enterprise Programme, where you can enhance financial literacy and develop new entrepreneurial skills in students.
- Raise confidence levels and develop future employability skills of refugees – support refugees through mentoring and employability workshops enabling them to secure meaningful work placements or permanent employment.
- Protect our planet – become an Environmental Champion and drive change across our business to reduce our carbon footprint.
- Shape a sustainable future with microfinance– join colleagues who invest in entrepreneurs in the developing world. From pig and coffee farmers to pineapple growers, microloans help individuals work themselves out of poverty.
- Support your local community – share your skills and get involved in initiatives to raise valuable funds for local charities.
We are also proud to be a Living Wage Employer. We go further than the government minimum and pay our people the real Living Wage for the real cost of living.
Inspiring young people
Students and teachers at St Michael’s College, Bermondsey, share their experience of our School Enterprise Programme.
Students all over the UK are benefiting from this inspirational learning journey. As well as developing key skills, students go on to set up and run their own micro-businesses with profits generated then invested in microfinance loans to support entrepreneurs in the developing world.
We work with Breaking Barriers, to enable refugees to find meaningful employment and to integrate successfully into UK life and culture. We offer six-month work placements to help refugees build employability skills and gain confidence and tailor our workshops to people’s needs to include confidence building, effective networking and presentation skills.
Prudence Mwanza shares her thoughts on her work experience placement with us.
Protecting our planet
We are committed to preserving the environment in which we live and work. By 2023, our goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 13% through improvements to our operations and behaviours. Our Environmental Champions across the firm are passionate about minimising our impact on our planet and drive change in our key impact areas of waste, energy, travel and paper.
Investing in global entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs in the developing world need ready access to safe finance to grow their business. Microfinance is an innovative lending vehicle that enables easy and affordable loans when traditional banking is simply not available. Our people invest in global entrepreneurs and change lives.
Supporting local communities
We support local communities by offering our individual and collective time, skills and expertise. We have a Matched Funding Scheme in place to supplement personal fundraising efforts and choose to do the right thing when humanitarian or natural disasters strike through our Special Appeals.