At Grant Thornton, we’re always aware of the impact our business activities could have on the wider community

With that in mind, we want whatever we’re doing to have only positive effects for our people, our clients and suppliers, our environment and our community.

We believe being a good business is about more than just a strong reputation in the business world, it’s about having the respect of the public. This is why we give our community and environmental performances equal importance to that of our financial and business ones.

Corporate responsibility reflects our values as a firm, and it’s a part of our business that we’re committed to improving. Part of that commitment has been to create a special leadership group, made up of partners and staff from across the firm, chaired by our Chief Executive Officer, Sacha Romanovitch. Their task is to develop innovative and exciting strategies to bring our corporate responsibility agenda to life and promote its importance to everyone at Grant Thornton.

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People

To us, people are our biggest asset. Keeping that in mind, we are committed to making Grant Thornton a great place to be. Achieving this relies on us always adopting best practice in everything we do for our employees. We actively promote true fairness and equality of opportunity from career development, to investing in our staff’s expertise and helping them to fulfil their ambitions.

We encourage everyone to take part in our training and development programmes to realise their ambitions within our business. This includes Shaping Talent and Excellence in our People (STEP) - our bid to raise awareness of career development opportunities and the availability of overseas secondments or sabbaticals to charitable organisations. We also offer career flexibility through various benefit and career break schemes.

Great importance is placed on occupational health and safety too. We educate our employees to the health and safety risks in their role, through initiatives such as display screen equipment (DSE) awareness and developing our wellbeing policy.

Clients & Suppliers

Our reputation is built on quality, integrity and trust. And the relationships we have with our clients, Intermediaries and suppliers are what define it. So this is why we ensure that our people know their role in delivering exceptional client service. We also aim to make sure that all of our suppliers demonstrate good environmental, social and ethical management practices. Because after all, it reflects on us too.  

At Grant Thornton, we have a team dedicated to charitable and not-for-profit organisations. Staffed by partners and staff with specific training in this field, we advise on how best to meet financial and non-financial objectives. In addition, we host an annual networking event, our Charity Business Exchange, to introduce charities to people willing to donate their own skills and become trustees.

Community

We have a long tradition of supporting our local communities. We’re always looking at ways to make contributions too, whether through using our individual and collective time, skills or expertise to make a difference to a variety of charitable and community organisations.

We encourage all of our staff to give something back to our communities and our named charities, by volunteering, making donations or fundraising. We also have the Grant Thornton foundation to supplement all fundraising efforts by matching money raised and contributing to special appeals.

And those employees who do wish to volunteer and help us build links to our communities are specifically catered for too. We offer to support them through paid leave if they are willing to work for a not-for-profit organisation or selected community partnership.

Environment

The environment and climate change are major issues which we give high priority. We promote environmental awareness throughout the firm and train our people accordingly. Everyone is encouraged to respect the environment as they go about their work, by considering efficiency and our carbon footprint, making financial savings and, in doing so, meeting our corporate goals.

We’ve identified a number of key development strategies to help us meet these targets too. They include the careful consideration of the needs and methods of business travel; the reduction of, and the responsible disposal of waste; and evaluating efficient energy consumption through a regular audit.