UK Forest Creation with PwC

You’ve already addressed all your employees’ basic engagement needs — clear goals, a context for their work, opportunities to develop and progress, recognition and rewards and ongoing feedback— but still want them to feel real pride in the company they work for?

Investing in environmental programmes, and linking that to meaningful employee engagement activity, may provide a solution.

Global professional services consultancy, PwC, thought a day of hard labour during the Scottish winter may do just that. Twenty-two graduate volunteers went to woodlands in Central Scotland in October to work on forest management as part of the company's environmental volunteering programme. Working with The CarbonNeutral Company, PwC is planting and protecting woodlands and its wildlife habitats at Topps Wood, Stirlingshire, adding a UK-based focus to its environmental commitments, and engaging and motivating staff in its wider CSR initiative.

With expectations of wind and rain, the graduates enthusiastically undertook a range of activities from tree planting and sapling protection to building watch posts for birds of prey. The team learned about the importance of woodland creation, environmental protection, carbon sequestration and the impact and challenges around UK governmental targets.

View our video to see how a UK Forest Creation Project under the Woodland Carbon Code can engage and inspire employees and what happens when twenty-two first year graduates from PwC take to Central Scotland woodlands in the middle of October.

Usually day-to-day is sitting an office, with your calculator; you don’t normally get to see this side of an area of outdoors which is relatively close to home. It’s been fantastic.

1st year associate Nawaz Safdar.