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Our corporate responsibility

We build trust and solve important problems

At PwC, we've identified that our overall purpose as an organisation is to build trust in society and solve important problems.

This approach informs every aspect of our work and underpins the relationships we build with our clients. Just one of the ways we demonstrate this is through our Corporate Responsibility efforts. All of our projects are designed to use the skills and experience of our people to make the greatest difference possible. 

Community engagement through the PwC Foundation

Started in 2004, the PwC Foundation is our community involvement program. It provides the opportunity for us to make a significant and lasting contribution to the communities we work in by leveraging the enormous talent, enthusiasm and generosity of our people across New Zealand. 

Our core cause is child welfare primarily through education with a secondary focus on giving back to the community by encouraging and facilitating our senior people into governance roles for NFPs through PwC On Board. Our third focus is supporting our regions by engaging with local charities and celebrating our people making a difference within their communities.

Our vision is to leverage our skills, our financial and intellectual resources, other businesses and the wider community to help resolve the societal issue of ‘children’s welfare’ in New Zealand. 

Child welfare through education

Learn more about making a difference with financial literacy education

Learn more about putting literacy first

Learn more about the PwC Scholarship program which targets students in Year 13

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PwC On Board NZ

What is the PwC On Board programme?

PwC On Board provides support to our people across the firm who would like to secure a board or advisory role with a not-for-profit (NFP). As professionals, we have a role to play in driving social change across NZ. PwC On Board aims to bridge the gap between corporate NZ and the NFP sector; between our people and their communities. This programme is a very practical way of bringing our firm’s purpose to life. 

Through PwC On Board, our people are able to use their professional skills to give back to the community, broaden their governance knowledge and networks, and contribute towards building more sustainable organisations in society. For the NFPs and bodies they serve, they access the time, talent and networks of a range of professionals.

How do I register with PwC?
If you are a NFP and would like to register a board or advisory role please contact us.

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Other programs

Topped up fundraising

The PwC Foundation supports the charity work of our people by doubling topping up the money they raise. Whether they are completing a sponsored run or walk, growing a moustache or holding a bake sale, the PwC Foundation can double their cash contribution to the charity significantly increase their contribution to the charity.

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Regional focus

We design programs bespoke to each PwC office and aligned with our core causes. Each office chooses local charities that aligns best with their community and builds a local program around these.

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Charity Relay

Our Relay is run every second year in Wellington. We support a number of charities through the funds raised by teams running all the way from CBD Wellington over the Rimutakas into the Wairarapa. We set ourselves a lofty target of cracking our last relay’s $160,000 and this year raised $140,000+ for the Wellington Free Ambulance, Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand and Life Flight Trust. It’s a huge event for our whole team, and especially for our Wellington people. The Relay is a great example of our Foundation activating our core values. 


We would love to have your organisation onboard! This relay is for everyone – you don’t have to be a high performing athlete or a marathon runner to participate in the PwC Foundation Charity Relay. The relay course is designed to accommodate anyone, of any ability and we include options for people to walk and there is a mountain bike leg too. This event is all about participation, having fun on the day and raising those worthwhile dollars for each of the chosen charities.

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Pro bono services

PwC has a long history of delivering professional services to not-for-profit organisations and charities. Pro bono work enables our people to use their skills to assist and engage with community organisations in need. Delivering our expertise to community organisations is one of the most satisfying and rewarding things we can do. 

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Our coaches in action, reading with the kids at St. Therese School.

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FLiP - Our financial literacy

Children from one of our FLiP schools discuss financial literacy in their own words. 

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Charity Relay

An insight into the Charity Relay that enables many Wellington organisations to raise $140,000+ for the Wellington Free Ambulance, Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand and Life Flight Trust. 

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Naomi McRae

PwC Foundation Lead, Auckland, PwC New Zealand


Joint Lead Trustees

Peter Boyce

Partner, Auckland, PwC New Zealand

+64 21 823 342


Jan Gatley

Partner, Waikato, PwC New Zealand

+64 21 190 7011


Foundation Trustees

Rebecca Thomas

Chief Information Officer, Auckland, PwC New Zealand

+64 27 554 1101


Nathan Jones

Partner, Canterbury, PwC New Zealand

+64 21 750 423


Scott Mitchell

Partner, Fit for Growth Leader, Auckland, PwC New Zealand

+64 27 511 6596


Tiniya du Plessis

Partner, Auckland, PwC New Zealand

+64 21 495 856


Lara Bennett

Executive Director, Auckland, PwC New Zealand

+64 21 521 974


Gareth Parry

Partner, Wellington, PwC New Zealand

+64 21 740 750


Emma Richards

Special Counsel, Wellington, PwC Legal

+64 21 629 529


Diversity and inclusion

Valuing and respecting our differences

We know that having the right people on our team isn't just about delivering a great service to clients, it's also a core part of our community responsibility efforts.

What does diversity and inclusion mean at PwC?

At PwC, we are focused on diversity of thought. This means attracting and encouraging people with a unique voice, so they can challenge the status quo and help clients to make better business decisions. This diversity sits at the centre of our approach to problem solving and innovative thinking.

Across our global network, we recognise that workplaces need to be inclusive of everyone regardless of gender, cultural identity, age, ability, sexual orientation and work style or approach if they want to achieve this diversity of thought.

That is why we are focusing our diversity efforts on gender and ethnicity. We've made a number of key local partnerships, with organisations like Global WomenHe for She and Commerce Association Pacific and Māori (CAPM), as well as introducing flexible working arrangements for our staff.

We are also proud of our commitment to creating a safe, welcoming and inclusive work place for employees with diverse gender identity and sexual orientation. Every day, our LGBTI+ group (Shine) members shine the light on important issues in society and we work hard to make our culture stronger and to create brighter opportunities that let each and every one of us truly shine. 

Not only do these efforts reflect the incredibly diverse makeup of New Zealand, but they align with our vision of what a professional services firm has to be if it is going to make a positive change to society.


Mark Russell

Chief Transformation Officer, Auckland, PwC New Zealand

+64 21 568 444


Statement of intent and commitment

As a firm, our sustained success is based on the ability of our people to be at their best. We want our people to be themselves, be bold, share their unique differences and form deep relationships that are rooted in trust. We get the best from our people when they find meaning and purpose in their work and see how their own values and aspirations can be brought to life through what they do at PwC.

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Reporting our gender and ethnicity pay gaps

At PwC New Zealand we are committed to building a workforce that reflects, and is inclusive of, the diverse communities of Aotearoa. This is not only the right thing to do, it’s essential if we’re to deliver on our purpose of building trust in society and solving important problems. As part of this, we report our gender and ethnicity pay gaps.

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Te Māramatanga program

PwC is committed to building our cultural competency as we know this is key to enabling a strong inclusion platform. Starting with Māori, the PwC Manukura Business Team business offer a voluntary internal programme: Te Māramatanga: Building your Te Ao Māori knowledge base. 

What is this programme?
Te Māramatanga is a  practical and experiential programme, running four modules over consecutive weeks, 1-2 hour sessions per module. The aim of this programme is to teach, build and expand ones knowledge base on the Māori worldview. It is a snapshot of cultural values, customs, stories, language,  and the Māori Economy. Our goal is to enlighten, support and guide our people with their learning journey.  Our facilitators are our very own fantastic Manukura Māori Business Team. 

Environmental sustainability

PwC’s purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. There is no more important or far reaching problem than climate change. We're focused on helping to solve one of the major issues reshaping the world; climate change and resource scarcity. As part of our sustainability efforts, we’ve set some clear targets to reduce our environmental impact.

Our commitment:

To build awareness and drive efficiencies to manage and promote positive environmental outcomes.

  • Efficient use of resources - build awareness and reduce our carbon impact throughout our business.
  • 100% renewables - in all our offices.
  • 100% air travel offset - for our air travel with a focus on New Zealand projects.
  • 30% reduction in scope 3 emissions by 2025 (as part of our Climate Leaders Coalition commitment) and 50% reduction by 2030 (as part of the PwC Global Network long term Net Zero commitment).

In FY20 we have:
  • Committed to a carbon target aligned to a 1.5 degrees reduction vision, aligned with our pledges to the CLC.

  • Sourced 100% renewable energy in our Christchurch and Dunedin offices.

  • Reduced and offset 100% of our air travel emissions through a verified independent third party. Our portfolio focuses on forest restoration and biodiversity in Rameka Forest.

  • Built environment awareness and established a National Green Team who have led a number of initiatives including: 

    • Reusable coffee cups and aluminium drink bottles for all employees. 

    • Four waste streams in our offices and a PwC worm farm in our Auckland office. 

    • Initiatives such as environment days, seminars and screenings.

Total greenhouse gas emissions (tCO2e)
  FY20 FY19
Scope 1 - direct emissions (tCO2e) 2 3
Scope 2 - energy indirect emissions (tCO2e) 164 160
Scope 3 - other indirect emissions (tCO2e) 3,542 4,381
Carbon emissions per employee (tCO2e) 2.36 2.92
Scope 3 emissions per employee (tCO2e) 2.25 2.81

*Note emissions are calculated using the GHG Protocol location base methodology.

Our carbon reduction targets:

  • 100% renewable energy for all offices by 2022
  • 30% reduction in absolute Scope 3 emissions by 2025 from a 2019 base-year
  • 50% reduction by 2030 (as part of the PwC Global Network long term Net Zero commitment).

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