Environment, Social, Governance

Our Commitment

We strive to continually improve our impact and drive sustainable change to society and our nearby community.

By establishing our four stakeholder ESG strategy we address the growing environmental, social, and governance concerns. Through enabling our staff to develop their skills in an equitable and healthy environment, we aim to establish trust, ethics and quality with our clients while promoting sustainable economic and environmental development.



Our Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are intended to measure our performance against our goals. By creating targets to gauge progress, we are able to visualize how effectively our firm is achieving our ESG vision.

2022/2023 ESG Progress

For each of the material issue above, we established 2022/2023 Key Performance Targets as following:

Our People

Annual Employee Survey

As part of our ongoing commitment to maintaining a positive and productive work
environment, we have established the goal of conducting an annual employee survey. This survey is an important tool that allows us to gather valuable feedback from all of our employees, so that we can understand their experiences, perceptions, and needs. Together, we can work towards our goal of continuous improvement and excellence.

Training Targets

We have set the goal of providing a minimum of 125 hours of training to our employees this year. That’s an average of 25 hours per employee, which we believe is an important investment in their professional development and in the long-term success of our organization. By meeting this training target, we can ensure that our employees have the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to succeed in their roles and contribute to our collective success. In 2022, we achieved a total of 230 training hours, which is 184% of our target!

Healthy Wellbeing

At our organization, we believe that the well-being of our employees is a top priority. That’s why we have established the goal of hosting an annual team wellness day. This day is an opportunity for us to come together as a team and focus on our physical, mental, and emotional health. By prioritizing wellness, we can foster a positive and supportive work culture that helps us all thrive and succeed.

Gender Equality

We are committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equality in all aspects of our work. As part of this commitment, we have set the goal of achieving gender parity among our partners and employees. Currently, AWK has a female staff and partner ratio of 67%. We believe that diversity is a strength and that by promoting equal opportunities for all, we can create a more vibrant, innovative, and successful organization.

Our Governance

Ethics and Code

As an accounting firm, it is our responsibility to uphold the highest standards of ethics and conduct at all times. In order to ensure that we are all up to date on these expectations, it is important that we complete our annual ethics and code of conduct training. In year 2022, our goal is to achieve 100% completion of this training by all employees. By participating in this training, we can ensure that we are all aligned in our commitment to ethical behavior and conduct, and that we are able to fulfill our responsibilities to ourselves, our colleagues, and our customers.

Data Security

At our organization, we place a high priority on ensuring the safety and security of our employees, our customers, and our operations. To this end, we have established the goal of conducting an annual review of our data security measures. This review will allow us to assess the effectiveness of our existing protocols and to identify any areas for improvement. By conducting this review, we can ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect against data breaches and other threats to our information systems.

Our Economy

Job Opportunities

We are devoted to supporting the economic growth and prosperity of the communities in which we operate. Due to that, we have established the goal of creating new jobs locally, with a target of a 50% increase by 2022. It demonstrates our commitment to being a responsible and engaged corporate citizen, and we can make a positive difference in the lives of our neighbors. In 2022, 22% more jobs have been created at AWK for local candidates!

Our Social Impact

Community Engagement – Donations

We believe in being good corporate citizens and giving back to the communities in which we operate. That’s why we have set the goal of donating at least 1% of our net profits to charities and non-profit organizations. By meeting this goal, we can demonstrate our commitment to being responsible and socially responsible, and we can contribute to creating a better future for all. In 2022, AWK participated in Fete Chinoise Love at the Mid-Autumn Campaign, with 100% of proceeds going to benefit the SickKids Foundation!

30% of Partners on Not-for-Profit Boards

As an accounting firm, we believe in the value of corporate social responsibility and in the importance of giving back to our communities. One way we are working towards this goal is by encouraging our partners to serve on the boards of not-for-profit organizations. We have set the target of having at least 30% of our partners serving in this capacity. We believe that this is an excellent way for our partners to use their skills, expertise, and leadership to make a positive difference in the world.

Support Education, Training, and Upskilling of the Social Sector

We are committed to investing in the professional development of our employees and to supporting the growth and success of new graduates and Canadian newcomers. To this end, we have established the goal of creating a CPA training or career training program for these groups. This program will provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to succeed in their careers, and to make a positive contribution to our organization and to the broader community. AWK is proud to be a part of the Pre-Approved Program by CPA Ontario, and as an educational institution by ESDC.

Our Environment

Champion Environmental Stewardship

As an accounting firm, we are committed to being good stewards of the environment and to taking proactive steps to protect and preserve the natural world. In 2022, AWK has worked together with One Tree Planted Canada to plant 201 trees in different regions across Canada. To this end, we have established the goal of planting 50 trees by 2023. We believe that this is a meaningful and impactful way to contribute to the health and sustainability of our planet. By meeting this target, we can demonstrate our commitment to environmental responsibility, and we can make a tangible difference in the health and well-being of our world. 

We are also committed to minimizing our environmental impact and to being good stewards of natural resources. We have established the goal of reducing our water and electricity consumption by 5% per employee. We will work to identify and implement strategies that will help us to achieve this goal, and we encourage all employees to play a role in this effort. In 2022, the actual electricity consumption rate has been reduced by 18% per employee!

The AWK team went out for an activity-filled day for our 2022 Wellness Day!

Starting with visiting the Toronto Botanical Gardens, the team was able to enjoy the wonderful weather and all the beautiful flowers and plants that were in bloom! The team was able to change up their day-to-day routine from sitting behind a computer screen all day to walking the trails.

In the afternoon, the team was able to exercise their personal creativity and artistic nature at the Gardiner Museum’s pottery classes! While some struggled throwing the clay, others were able to easily form and shape their creations. But in the end, everyone was able to create something of their own!

Their final activity of the day was axe throwing! It was a great deal of fun and very stress relieving for everyone!