15 consulting firms scoop award for pro bono work

11 September 2015 Consultancy.uk

Last night Consulting Magazine organised the second edition of its annual ‘Excellence in Social and Community Investments’ Gala Awards dinner, a ceremony aimed at honouring the extraordinary efforts of consulting firms and their consultants that have in the past 12 months made the biggest social impact. 15 consulting firms managed to scoop an award.

Although not always widely known, the consulting industry across the globe does a tremendous amount of pro bono work. This includes among others “free consulting”, significantly discounted work, community outreach initiatives, employee-motivated volunteer projects, and other social and community investment and engagement. The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) comes with a price tag however – each year, consulting firms invest hundreds of millions, and possibly billions, of dollars in time, effort and sweat equity on engagements that serve a social and community cause. In return, consultants receive a sense of fulfilment from contributing to a higher purpose, while firms typically reap the benefits in the areas of branding, recruitment and employee commitment.

Pro bono work

To honour and formally recognise CSR efforts from management consultancies, Consulting Magazine last year launched the ‘Excellence in Social and Community Investments’ awards programme. During the Gala Awards dinner, held last night at Le Parker Meridien in New York, the organisers unveiled the fifteen winners of the competition. An overview:

- A.T. Kearney - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: Feeding America
- Bain & Company - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: Endeavor
- The Boston Consulting Group - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: The United Nations
- Deloitte Consulting - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: My Brother's Keeper Alliance
- Huron Consulting Group - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: Test Positive Awareness Network (TPAN)

AT Kearney - Bain & Company - BCG - Deloitte - Huron

- IBB Consulting - Type of Work: Employee-Motivated Volunteer Project - Client: DIL Jattal School
- Jabian Consulting - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council
- KPMG - Type of Work: Community Outreach Initiative - Client: Junior Achievement USA
- McGladrey - Type of Work: Community Outreach Initiative - Client: Various
- North Highland - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: Alexander Youth Network

IBB - Jabian - KPMG - McGladrey - Northhighland

- Protiviti - Type of Work: Community Outreach Initiative - Client: i on hunger
- PwC - Type of Work: Significantly Discounted Work - Client: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
- Sapient - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: No Greater Sacrifice (NGS)
- Slalom Consulting - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities
- West Monroe Partners - Type of Work: Pro Bono - Client: CommunityHealth

Protiviti - PwC - Sapient Government Services - Slalom - Westmonroe

"We often recognise consulting firms that are doing well and now we want to recognise those firms that are doing good," says Joseph Kornik, publisher and editor-in-chief of Consulting Magazine. “We're honoured to shine a spotlight on these firms' altruistic efforts.”

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10 leading consulting companies to work for in the UK

10 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

The UK is home to 100+ leading consulting firms. New analysis reveals the 10 consulting companies that rank as the best industry employers to work for. 

The list of top consultancy employers is based on the views and opinions of employees who were surveyed by The Sunday Times about their experience of their firm’s leadership, workplace environment, development opportunities, wellbeing, pay, benefits and commitment to social responsibility. In the large consulting firms category, two of the Big Four – EY and Deloitte – and Accenture stand out from the rest. Seven other consultancies made the prestigious cut, all of which are small to mid-sized players in the consulting industry. 


Established: 1989
Category: Large consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 15,076 

With roots stretching back to 1989, EY now spans over 27 UK offices. The firm supports clients, ranging from small, privately owned companies and global household names, with assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. As part of the firm’s core values, EY looks for people who demonstrate integrity and respect; people with energy, enthusiasm and the courage to lead; and people who build relationships based on doing the right thing. 


Established: 1849
Category: Large consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 16,138 

Deloitte employs staff across 150 countries and territories, and its UK operations now span 24 offices. The professional services giant offers services including audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory. Among the firm’s core values are: integrity, outstanding value to markets and clients, commitment to each other, and strength from cultural diversity.


Established: 1989
Category: Large consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 10,747 

With employees across 120 countries, Accenture provides a range of services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations to clients in more than 40 industries. The Dublin-headquartered company believes in attracting, developing and retaining the best talent for the business, valuing diversity, fostering an open working environment and demonstrating integrity at all times.Ten leading consulting companies to work for in the UK

Karmarama (part of Accenture)

Established: 2000
Category: Mid-sized consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 245 

Karmarama is a creative agency, since December 2016 part of Accenture Interactive. The firm’s services include advertising, direct and digital marketing, digital design and build, data and analytics, PR, social and innovation. Karmarama is in the market known for its ability to blend creativity, digital and data, to help brands better engage with consumers. 


Established: 2010
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 90

Clarasys is a London-based management consulting firm that advises and supports clients with business change, process implementation, project management and other related consultancy services. The firm serves a variety of clients, from small, not-for-profit organisations to multinational corporations. Clarasys differentiates itself through its truly democratic approach, with an elected member from each team providing feedback for their department. 

The Berkeley Partnership

Established: 1990
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 90

The Berkeley Partnership is an independent management consultancy providing specialist support for transformational change, working side-by-side with clients to achieve their goals. Clients include a number of FTSE 100 companies, multinationals and government departments, with over 85% of clients using the services of The Berkeley Partnership more than once. 

Abbott Risk Consulting

Established: 2002
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: Edinburgh
Employees: 69

From 12 sites across the UK and Australia, Abbott Risk Consulting provides safety and risk environment consultancy services to some of the most high-hazard industries in the global economy. The company helps to work out the risk associated with hazardous events, such as oil platforms explosions, train crashes, or accidents affecting nuclear power stations.

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting

Established: 2003
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 180 

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting is a provider of specialist consultancy services to the asset and wealth management industry, working with 85% of the world’s top 20 asset managers. In order to attract and retain the very best people, Alpha, which has offices in London, New York, Boston, Paris, Geneva, The Hague, Luxembourg and Singapore, seeks to provide employees with a great experience.

Lane4 Management Group

Established: 1995
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: Maidenhead
Employees: 193 

Lane4 Management Group is a leading HR consultancy specialised in human performance. The company’s team, based in Buckinghamshire, builds on a track record of achievement in business, psychology and elite sport. Lane4 was founded by British Olympic gold swimmer Adrian Moorhouse, Graham Jones and Adrian Hutchinson. 

NHS Transformation Unit

Established: 2000
Category: Internal consulting firm
Main office: Manchester
Employees: 52 

The Transformation Unit is an internal consultancy of the NHS, based in Manchester. The firm provides consultancy services to the public sector based around strategic transformation and planning; finance and analytics; project and programme management; and organisational strategy and engagement. Services span the complete transformation cycle, from developing a case for change right through to implementing new services or systems. 


The top employers list of The Sunday Times further includes several other professional services firms that also provide consultancy services, including firms with an accounting heritage (Anderson Anderson and Brown, BHP, PKF Cooper Parry, Price Bailey), firms with an engineering heritage (BWB Consulting, Caunton Engineering) and those with a tax heritage (ForrestBrown).