EY volunteers took part in a conservation day at Portelet Bay with La Société Guernesiaise, to support their ongoing environmental projects that protect and enhance Guernsey’s natural environment and its biodiversity.
Throughout the day, the EY team, led by La Société Guernesiaise, undertook a seashore survey project. The project’s purpose was to assess and record the population of various sea life, monitor non-native species and observe the condition of Guernsey’s marine environment. The team also collected rubbish from the beach to help improve the coastal and ocean ecosystem.
Accelerating environmental sustainability is one of the three key focus areas of EY Ripples, EY’s global corporate responsibility programme. The programme also supports the next generation’s workforce develop mindsets and skills to find and sustain meaningful work and involves EY’s professionals providing consulting services for impact entrepreneurs to tackle inequality and drive sustainable growth. Everyone at EY is encouraged to use their skills, knowledge and experience to drive long-term change, so that together they can positively impact the lives of one billion people by 2030.
Ove Svejstrup, an Assurance Associate Partner at EY in Guernsey and one of the EY volunteers who took part in the conservation day, explained to Channel Eye: “Having the opportunity to give something back to our local community and create a positive environmental impact by contributing to research into our local ecosystem has been a fantastic experience. It’s also been insightful hearing from La Société Guernesiaise team about how we can all do our part in protecting the environment further in our everyday lives.
“Building a better working world and becoming more sustainable are crucial to everything we do as a firm, which is reflected through EY Ripples’ ambitions and our global commitment of becoming carbon negative by 2021 and net zero by 2025. Locally, we are pleased to have two members on the Guernsey Green Forum and also be enrolled on the ESI Monitor’s Environmental Business Operations Award. Through these commitments our actions are contributing to creating a more sustainable future for both the local community and finance industry.”
Becky Ogier, Education and Conservation Leader at La Société Guernesiaise, said: “The Education and Conservation team were delighted that the EY volunteers chose to spend their CSR day with La Société, as their time and effort enable us to collect the environmental data which will inform our future conservation efforts.”