ESG: environmental, social, governance

What if we only had today to change tomorrow?

We combine people, knowledge and technology to create sustainable progress

Unleashing new opportunities, turning theory into concrete action and helping decision-makers make internal transformation that has external value - our team of specialists helps with every step of ESG transformation.

The goal? Measurable success, results that drive growth and greater confidence for future generations. A future where sustainability is at the heart of business, "net zero" is the norm and transparency is a given. This means meaningful opportunities and change for your customers, shareholders, investors, employees and the world.

It's time to step forward. Are you ready? 
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ESG: our moment

Why accelerating today is essential

The world will become less livable if we don't take action today. Together with clients, that's why we make a great effort to make a positive impact. That is our mission. In addition, embedding ESG topics in business strategy is essential for organizations that want to be future-proof. These three topics are essential in ESG transformation.


Heat waves, droughts and floods are increasing in frequency and intensity. Global agricultural production growth is slowing down and the current temperature rise is increasingly causing hunger and malnutrition. Climate change has major social and economic consequences. Companies must map emissions within their value chain, customers are demanding carbon reductions, and investors are stepping up the pressure and demanding the transition to ‘net zero’. 

Organizations must adapt to new circumstances, transform to survive, and comply with new legislation, such as the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and the EU Taxonomy.

Towards net zero


The earth is a gathering place of all kinds of nature. That nature is our lifeline. Food, medicine, industrial resources - Earth's biodiversity is essential to all of us. Also to organizations.

Currently, about one million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction worldwide, and biodiversity has declined 68 percent in the last 50 years. Current efforts are insufficient to stop nature's unprecedented decline. In doing so, we are eroding the foundation of our economy, food security, health and quality of life.

Biodiversity is everything, everything is biodiversity

Equality and Equal opportunity

Sustainability within the domain 'people', or also called the S of ESG, is a broad theme within which four groups can be distinguished: the employees in one's own organisation, the employees of partners in the value chain, the communities around the organisation and the clients.

Equal opportunity is relevant within ESG because opportunity inequality is widespread. The impact of climate change disproportionately affects women and girls, as do poor and marginalised communities. Discrimination in terms of cultural and/or ethnic background, age, disabilities or religious beliefs is commonplace. Because of the impact organisations can have on equality and the responsibility they bear for it, many organisations feel an action-oriented approach is needed.

A good first step is to transform into an organisation that truly offers equal opportunities, Inclusion & Diversity and Fair Reward are key themes in this.

Fair reward

Inclusion & diversity

Changing the world is not something you do alone.
You don't have to.

Community of solvers

Our network and team of experts are ready to work with you. Accountants, tax consultants, strategists, economists, data analysts, biologists, human rights experts, environmentalists and sociologists: we combine a rich pallet of experience and knowledge at home and abroad with the will and intrinsic commitment to sustainable business. 

Creating a sustainable business requires a broad approach and outlook, especially outside of our own organization. That is why we work together with universities, research institutes and committed change makers. From Metabolic to the Deltaplan Biodiversity Restoration Foundation. On the basis of inspiration sessions, knowledge exchange and partnerships, together we take small steps towards solutions to major challenges.

Data and technology

Our people-focused approach is supported and driven by technology at all times. We use all the opportunities that data and technology offer and deploy technology effectively so that it accelerates sustainable progress. Only then can we achieve the desired objectives and the right results.

At PwC, we use technology through a combination of capacity, tooling and partnerships. We work with major software providers such as SAP, Oracle, Salesforce, Microsoft, Google and Workiva. From selection to implementation, we always have the right specialist knowledge in-house, so we can support our clients at any time.

Our ESG services for sustainable progress

ESG Reporting & Insights

What confidence do you want to offer stakeholders about ESG and what control do you, as an organization, want to have over these insights? Creating reliable data and translating it into insights is a challenge. 

We set up robust data processes and systems so that ESG information becomes verifiable. Which ESG data are needed for this, where can these data be found within the organization and which systems can be used to control them? Naturally, we also know exactly what European regulations, such as the EU taxonomy and CSRD, entail and how you implement them.

ESG reporting thus transcends the level of pure reporting and becomes part of both the strategy and the realization of your organization's strategy: who are we, what do we stand for and where do we want to go?

ESG Strategy & Value Creation

Companies integrate ESG into their strategy to remain relevant to the market they operate in and as well as society. Reporting or complying with legal requirements is no longer enough. What does ESG mean tous? Where are the pain points? Why do we want to address them? What does our long-term value creation model look like in the sustainable economy? How are our customers' needs changing and what products and services do we want to offer? These are the questions you need to answer to be resilient and resilient as an organization. 

PwC helps answer these questions. Together we translate them into a concrete ESG strategy to create value. We do this from in-depth industry knowledge, because change through ESG actually means something different in every industry.

ESG Transformation & Implementation

An ESG strategy within the overarching corporate strategy is no longer enough. Fleshing out an integrated strategy requires a targeted transformation, both of the primary business process and the supporting processes. A complete ESG transformation can result from a deal or a new strategy, but also from changed reporting requirements or from ongoing efforts to redefine and reengineer processes. In addition, we can fully take organisations through this transformation with our combined Tax, Legal & People expertise.

The acceleration now required from a legislation perspective and the ask for change from stakeholders compels entrepreneurship. Successful parties see opportunity because of the direction the world is now taking. Companies are forced to make the ESG transition or feel the need themselves to increase their viability. Whether the motivation is intrinsically driven or imposed by external risks and legislation, the consequence is identical: there is work to be done.

ESG, time for a step forward

The path to a future-proof business model is different for everyone. We don't have a standard ESG approach that we lay out like a mold fitting your organization . Depending on your wishes, needs and ESG maturity, together we determine a starting point and a follow-up route. Every step forward is one, together we decide in which area we start.

What we ourselves are doing about ESG

Like our clients, PwC is going through a transformation process. Each day we are putting all of our efforts into growing in the ESG field. 

We are working hard to achieve that goal. For example, we have integrated four sustainable development goals into our business processes and strategy and are working with a large team to achieve gender equality, decent work, reduce inequality and take climate action. 

In addition, as PwC we have a global ambition to operate ‘net zero’ by 2030. This means  we will reduce our absolute emissions to the maximum, with a minimum of fifty percent. We compensate for the remainder by, among other things, planting new forests to remove more CO2 from the air. Of course, we also apply our knowledge and expertise pro bono to impact-first organizations striving to solve environmental or social issues.

ESG Management Team: Joukje Janssen, Leonie Schreve, Wendy van Tol, Alexander Spek, Noor Sanders


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Alexander Spek

Alexander Spek

Partner, PwC Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)62 039 89 82

Joukje Janssen

Joukje Janssen

Partner, Sustainability, PwC Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)65 378 26 45

Wendy van Tol

Wendy van Tol

Partner, PwC Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)62 353 44 50

Noor Sanders

Noor Sanders

Partner, PwC Netherlands

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Leonie Schreve

Leonie Schreve

Partner, PwC Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)63 063 48 15