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Public interest

What people expect of business is fundamentally changing, as is the definition of what it means to act in the public interest. In a world of uncertainty, many people today are looking to business to take the lead in addressing society’s most intractable problems.

Traditionally for organizations that provide audit and assurance services, the concept of public interest focused on providing reliable information for capital markets, specifically around a company’s management, its operating model and internal controls. Deloitte understands that while this remains a critical component, its public interest responsibilities have expanded to include issues such as sustainability and societal impact.

Consistent with its commitment to act in the public interest, Deloitte is transparent about nonfinancial measures of business performance and provides extensive disclosure of wider environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics. Deloitte reports its performance in terms of our impact on clients, people, society and operations.

Services

Deloitte provides audit and assurance services that advance business, reduce risk and build confidence. Our independent auditors help the capital markets system function with greater confidence, attesting to or expressing opinions as to whether financial statements, internal controls and regulatory reports are prepared in accordance with identified financial reporting frameworks. Deloitte is committed to constant enhancement of relevant and reliable audit processes that are increasingly essential to investor confidence and to the ongoing vitality of capital markets. Audit quality remains a top priority and key focus for Deloitte. Ongoing investments in audit quality, transformation, innovation and technology demonstrates Deloitte’s commitment to fulfilling its public interest role and enhancing trust.

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Deloitte also helps businesses be compliant by guiding them through rapidly changing and complex domestic and international tax laws. Our advice is subject to high ethical standards, rigorous quality control and technical reviews, our network’s Global Code of Conduct, and local professional standards. As part of ensuring the quality, consistency and integrity of our advice, Deloitte has developed global tax principles that are adhered to by our tax professionals around the world.

In addition to audit and tax, Deloitte provides consulting and risk advisory services to clients around the world—always striving to act in the public interest, exercise the highest ethical standards and deliver the highest-quality services.

People

Deloitte hires someone new every eight minutes around the world. Once hired, we go to extraordinary lengths to support our people, and are especially committed to making efforts toward increasing gender representation at all levels across Deloitte. We believe that working with people of different backgrounds, cultures and thinking styles helps our people grow into better professionals and leaders.

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Society

Deloitte is committed to making an impact that matters on society. Through our global WorldClass ambition, we are focusing on developing job skills, improving educational outcomes, and creating opportunities for those left behind in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Our ambition is to empower 50 million people worldwide by 2030.

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Operations

Deloitte’s commitment to sustainability drives us to manage operations responsibly and champion environmentally sustainable initiatives across our global network. We believe we must lead the way to build a better, stronger and more sustainable world. That’s why we established global greenhouse gas reduction goals. We strive to lower our carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, and have set specific reduction goals for our buildings, fleet and business travel by FY2025 from FY2017 levels.

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David Barnes
Leader, Deloitte Global Risk, Regulation and Public Policy
djbarnes@deloitte.co.uk

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