EY announced the appointment of Steve Varley as EY Global Vice Chair. In this newly-created global role, Varley will be responsible for creating and driving policies and programs to help EY become a world leader in sustainable business solutions, practices and operations.
Varley – currently EY UK & Ireland Regional Managing Partner and UK Chairman – will work across the four EY service lines to spearhead the overall EY global sustainability strategy and help EY clients adopt innovations and technologies that create long-term value by achieving environmentally sustainable growth. He will also lead the overall environmental and sustainability strategy across the global EY organization, helping to reduce its impact on the environment along with its carbon footprint. Currently, Varley is the UK Government’s Business Ambassador for the professional services industry and a member of Her Majesty’s Treasury’s Professional Services Council. Moreover, he has also been a member of the Business Advisory Group which has been responsible for advising two British Prime Ministers.
Carmine Di Sibio, EY Global Chairman and CEO, stated that “Sustainability is one of the key defining issues of our generation and we believe EY has a significant contribution to make in addressing today’s environmental challenges, supporting EY clients and our communities, as well as our global organization”
“We simply cannot stand still when it comes to protecting the environment and creating growth opportunities that are truly sustainable. I’m incredibly excited about leading this effort across EY to help drive progress towards a more sustainable future and build a better working world,” Varley added.
EY is committed to building a better working world and supporting a broader industry move to long-term value creation. This appointment is the latest step and follows the announcement of a new global environmental statement last year EY has developed, while implementing plans to prioritize action around business travel, office energy consumption, waste and water use, and sustainable procurement. EY is also working to improve environmental sustainability through its EY Ripples program, through which EY people dedicate their time and skills to diverse projects that help drive sustainable growth around the world.