PwC was working extensively with the UN during the mid-1990s, the relationship between PwC and the UN then went through a relatively fallow period but has really experienced significant increase again over the last 3-4 years. PwC, like others in the consulting industry, continues to look for commercial opportunities work for the UN system.
PwC has been a member of the UN Global Compact for many years and continues to report on its progress. PwC demonstrated a huge commitment to helping affected communities following the 2004 Asian tsunami by providing significant in-kind professional assistance to the relief efforts.
“We responded to this exceptional and tragic disaster by donating something more valuable than pure cash – our professional time – in the form of 8,000 person/hours. This time was divided up over 12-18 months, among different UN agencies, and was focused on tracking funds and providing project risk management and other services,” Richard Golding, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Relationship Partner for the UN System explained. "Current needs within the UN touch many areas of core competence within our advisory and consulting business and the UN continues to have a lot of reform and improvement needs. We are focused on providing quality services to meet these needs while, at the same time, building deeper understanding amongst our people about the very special, almost unique challenges of working within ‘a UN environment’ so as to improve the potential for outcomes with real positive impact for the various agencies’ beneficiaries and all member states.”
PwC also recognises that there are 2 key dimensions, or pillars, to its commercial work with the UN System. The first pillar is work relating to the internal reforms and improvements of various UN agency headquarters which includes, among other things, helping to improve and solve issues of governance, human resources, process improvements, information systems, accounting, auditing, oversight, etc. The second pillar is equally important and concerns activities on projects ‘in the field’ where Richard and PwC staff work together with different agencies to, for example, help them to monitor and evaluate results of development and humanitarian projects in developing countries.