16 January 2024
PwC East Caribbean Joins UN Global Compact, Vowing to Drive Sustainable Business in the Caribbean
Bridgetown, Barbados, December 16, 2023 – In a significant step towards sustainable development in the Eastern Caribbean, PwC East Caribbean has become the first Barbados-based professional services firm to join the UN Global Compact. This landmark move signifies the firm's commitment to aligning its operations and strategies with the UN's Ten Principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. "I’m delighted we’ve reaffirmed PwC’s commitment to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact at the local level representing Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean" stated Ross Parker, Territory Leader, PwC East Caribbean. "It was a pleasure to meet with Didier and some of his team to officially cement our local membership. I look forward to working together to make sure business is a force for good in society.” "This membership represents our firm's leadership in driving sustainable business practices across Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean." The UN Global Compact is a global initiative that mobilizes businesses and stakeholders to create a more sustainable and equitable world. By joining this network, PwC East Caribbean gains access to resources and expertise to embed sustainability into its core business operations. This commitment extends beyond PwC's own practices, as the firm aims to collaborate with stakeholders and clients to drive broader societal goals aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Didier Trebucq, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Barbados and The Eastern Caribbean, welcomed the firm's commitment, highlighting its importance in the region. "PwC East Caribbean's membership demonstrates the vital role of the private sector in achieving the SDGs and building a more resilient and sustainable future for the Caribbean," he remarked. The Caribbean region faces unique challenges, including climate change, economic instability, and social inequalities. PwC East Caribbean recognizes the critical role businesses play in addressing these challenges. "Climate disruption is a major concern for the Caribbean," Parker emphasized. "Hurricanes, floods, and extreme temperatures pose serious threats to our economies, communities, and environment. We believe businesses can be a force for good by implementing sustainable practices and collaborating to address these challenges." PwC East Caribbean's membership in the UN Global Compact is a testament to its dedication to responsible business practices and its commitment to building a more sustainable future for the region. This move sets a positive precedent for other companies in the Eastern Caribbean and paves the way for collaborative action towards achieving the SDGs and creating a more equitable and prosperous future for all.