In celebration of its 30th anniversary, EY Azerbaijan held its second major tree-planting event on the Absheron Peninsula, northeast of Baku. Nearly 80 EY staff members, along with their children, participated in this initiative, demonstrating EY Azerbaijan’s dedication to supporting the country’s sustainable development. Among the participants of the tree-planting event were Ilhama Gadimova, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and COP 29 Baku Coordinator; Firudin Tagiyev, Head of the Land Use Control Department of the Ministry of Agriculture; Faig Khudayev, Director of Agricultural Research Institute of Crop Husbandry at the Ministry of Agriculture; Aybaniz Huseynova and Ruhangiz Amirova, academic staff from Sumgait State University, together with eco-volunteers from the University; and Elnur Islamov, Head of the Greening.Global Platform.

As a global firm, EY is committed to managing its operations to minimize environmental impact. During the event, staff members, managers, and partners planted 300 trees, reflecting the firm’s mission to build a more sustainable working world. This special event was dedicated to commemorating the company’s 30-year presence in Azerbaijan.

Social Responsibility

Tree planting is one of many initiatives undertaken by EY as part of its Green Policy in Azerbaijan. As advocates for a sustainable world, EY is devoted to protecting our planet and making a positive impact for the well-being of future generations.

Ilgar Veliyev, the Managing Partner at EY Azerbaijan, remarked: “Corporate social responsibility is not just a slogan for us, it is a commitment. Moreover, sustainable way of conducting business is at the heart of our values. As professionals and ordinary members of the local community, we recognize the importance of caring for our environment and giving back to the communities we serve. Our tree-planting initiative aims to demonstrate this dedication.”

Sustainability and COP 29

This year’s event is particularly significant as it aligns with the ongoing global discussions at COP 29, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held in Baku later this year. Sustainability is crucial for both businesses and communities. At EY, we understand that sustainability involves not only environmental stewardship but also creating long-term value for businesses and local communities.

The Head of Climate and Sustainability Services at EY ,Fidan Sadikhli, added, “We at EY know that sustainable practices lead to operational efficiencies, innovation, and competitive advantages for companies, while communities benefit from healthier living conditions, job creation, and an enhanced quality of life. We therefore advise both public and private sectors on establishing sustainable and resilient businesses. What’s more, it is vital that we lead by example, because EY is committed to conducting its operations in a way that minimizes environmental impact, in line with our global commitment to sustainability.”

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