Deloitte Corporate Responsibility Report 2015

Guided by our shared values, our corporate responsibility mission is to invest in innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges, mobilize Deloitte people, cultivate strategic partnerships, and convene thought leaders to support our communities and make an impact that matters.

Youth Catalyst Fund Mobilized by Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), the Youth Catalyst Fund was announced in 2015 as part of a multi-sector partnership aimed at addressing youth employment issues raised in CFC’s landmark #GenerationFlux report.

The first phase of the new Youth Catalyst Fund will support social enterprise projects that create employment opportunities for young people facing job barriers. Approximately $900,000 of investment capital will support at least 12 social enterprises across Ontario, selected through an application process.

Community foundations across the country will be invited to deepen their role as impact investors by investing in the Youth Catalyst Fund and using their community knowledge to identify worthy social enterprise projects in their regions.

The Youth Catalyst Fund brings together support from multiple partners, including the Government of Ontario, Deloitte, the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, and The Betsy Martin Fund. Deloitte’s impact investing team played a key role in supporting the design of the Fund, the process for identifying investment opportunities, the governance structure and processes, and investment-assessment criteria. Deloitte will also lead the due diligence process.

“We have a national partnership agreement with CFC and we are very pleased to support this initiative,” says Leila Fenc, Director of Corporate Responsibility & Deloitte Foundation. “The employment challenges facing Canada’s youth are real and pressing. The Youth Catalyst Fund will have an immediate impact for many young people struggling to overcome barriers to educational and career success.”

Our Community


Month of Giving

For more than a decade, Impact Day has been a special day for Deloitte people to take a break from their regular job and spend time working together on a community project. We encourage our people to pick a project that is meaningful to them and, where possible, leverages their professional skills.

FY15 marked our second annual National Month of Giving, comprised of Deloitte’s Impact Day, our United Way campaign, and our participation in Random Act of Kindness Day®. The Month of Giving offered our people a specified time to focus on giving back to their communities – through volunteering, financial support, and good deeds.

Participation was outstanding and we are confident that the impact was felt in communities across Canada:

  • About 5,850 people got involved in Impact Day projects
  • More than $3.15 million was raised through employee contributions to the United Way
  • Random Act of Kindness cards were distributed to all Deloitte people in every office across the country – after doing a good deed for a stranger, they are encouraged to give the person a Deloitte Random Act of Kindness card to encourage the recipient to pay it forward

Deloitte Charity Think Tanks have become part of our Impact Day tradition. Deloitte offices across the country choose a local charity and spend the day working through the organization’s strategic issues and generating recommendations. In FY15, several offices worked with local Junior Achievement (JA) chapters to tackle questions like how JA can differentiate itself in the financial literacy and work-readiness space by the year 2020.

Deloitte was honoured to have His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, join us on Impact Day for a brainstorming session organized by our Quebec City office for the benefit of Fondation Québec Philanthrope.

Advising the Community Together

Advising the Community Together (ACT) brings together Deloitte junior consulting professionals willing to donate their time and talents to youth-focused, not-for-profit organizations. In FY15, 71 Deloitte people volunteered more than 1,500 hours to work on 20 ACT projects. All of their work is delivered on a volunteer basis and done after hours.

Celebrating our volunteers

The Deloitte Volunteer Awards recognize Deloitte people for their sustained track record of community service. Our 2015 winners were Shannon Thompson (general volunteer award), Lindsay Dauphinee (Board service award), and Heidi McLeod (skills-based volunteer award). Award winners receive stand-up points in our recognition program and $1,000 to be donated to the charity/organization of their choice.

Our Deloitte Changemakers Scholarship program saw seven grants of $3,000 each awarded to children of Deloitte people. Finalists were selected based on their consistent and outstanding dedication to citizenship – for example, solving community problems or getting involved in their local community through volunteering or making their community a better place.

Our Community

Social innovation

There are no templates for fixing complex, persistent social issues. By partnering with a broad range of stakeholders, we aim to bring new ways of approaching problems and generating solutions.

Deloitte has a national partnership agreement with Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and we work with CFC toward its vision of building smart and caring communities. In FY15, we participated in strategic planning to determine the most relevant and impactful role that CFC and the community foundation movement could play to support reconciliation and improved outcomes in Aboriginal communities.

Under our agreement with CFC, we also provide guidance on its social finance and impact investing strategies, and support the incubation of the Rideau Hall Foundation and its prestigious Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program, among other things.

My Giving Moment (#GivingFeelsGood) is a campaign of the Rideau Hall Foundation, an independent, non-political charitable organization. My Giving Moment is inspired by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. Deloitte is a proud partner of the Governor General’s campaign to celebrate how Canadians, through each moment we use to help each other, are creating better communities.

In FY15, we worked with Yonge Street Media to convene a roundtable of about 25 corporate responsibility professionals to discuss the evolving role of the corporate responsibility function in advancing societal change. The group shared their thoughts on innovative collaborations, leading practices, and emerging trends. Yonge Street Media subsequently published a sector supplement highlighting the evolving role of corporate responsibility in the Canadian business landscape.

Deloitte was also actively involved with these organizations in FY15:

  • Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) – board member and principal partner of its national conference
  • Volunteer Canada – board member and strategic planning contributor as well as Public Policy Summit sponsor
  • The Learning Partnership (TLP) – board chair and guest speaker at The Partnership Summit, which brought together more than 100 leaders and influencers from business, education, government, and student communities
  • Conference Board of Canada – member of Corporate Council for Business Sustainability and Community Involvement Council, and continued supporter of the Conference Board Community Investment Benchmarking Survey
  • Imagine Canada – funded and participated in its first-ever Day on the Hill in Ottawa to build awareness of the not-for-profit sector
  • Taking IT Global – devoted part of our annual Deloitte National Leadership Conference to having prospective recruits work on Taking IT Global case studies

Our Community

Deloitte Foundation

The Deloitte Foundation is our main vehicle for community giving. The focus is on education, health care, and youth as a means of encouraging the development of an educated and healthy future workforce. We also strive to help those charities in which Deloitte people play an active role, and to support disaster relief efforts.

The Deloitte Foundation gave over $4.75 million in FY15 to registered charities in Canada. Recipients included:



  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities Saskatchewan
  • Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Providence Healthcare Foundation
  • Trillium Health Partners Foundation
  • Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia
  • Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
  • Mackenzie Health Foundation


  • Simon Fraser University
  • Université de Moncton
  • Pathways to Education
  • Saskatoon Public School Foundation
  • Dalhousie University
  • University of Waterloo – Canadian Math Competition
  • Mount Royal University


  • Earth Rangers Foundation
  • Arts for Children and Youth
  • KidSport Canada
  • Children’s Aid Foundation
  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited
  • Family and Children’s Services Niagara
  • Moncton Youth Residences Inc.

Deloitte Corporate Responsibility Report 2015

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