EY EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT
Our collaboration with EY provides its employees an opportunity to broaden their global network and mindset, to strengthen their teaming and leadership skills and to help their overall professional and personal growth. Participants consistently return to their home offices with a deeper understanding of the connection between sustainability and business practices.
Since the start of the program in 2009, more than 130 EY employees from across the Americas have participated in Earthwatch expeditions. By 2012, the program tripled in size, sending two teams to Brazil and another team to Costa Rica. EY has since continued to send three expeditions each year. Just this past year, in 2014, two expeditions went to the Guaraqueçaba region of Brazil to gather data on several bird species; and a third went to Xochimilco, Mexico to collect water quality data throughout the wetlands. Each year, the Ambassadors also engage in skills-based projects with local businesses, providing advice on cash flow, organizational structure, and sales and marketing. Read about one Ambassador’s experience here.
Additionally, in 2012, EY supported Earthwatch in the creation of the Earthwatch Urban Forest Program in cities such as Boston, San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta. This one-day program is part of the firm’s annual day of community service, EY Connect Day, and it was designed to ignite awareness among EY employees of the sustainability of urban forests. Volunteers produce meaningful scientific data that is used by local authorities and researchers to improve green space in our cities. In 2014, around 12,000 EY employees logged more than 80,000 volunteer hours and celebrated EY Connect Day in 60 locations across the Americas.
AMERICAS EARTHWATCH AMBASSADORS PROGRAM
The Americas Earthwatch Ambassadors Program’s focus on environmental sustainability doesn’t end when the expedition teams return to EY. Participants continue to integrate their experiences and incorporate environmental awareness into their daily behaviors and careers, whether training colleagues on business practices, sharing their Earthwatch experience with others, or becoming involved with the organization’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) work. Ambassadors are often active in the communities in which they live and volunteer with local non-profit organizations.