Youssef Rahmouni about #MazarsForGood

Youssef Rahmouni, junior manager audit, explains what sustainability means to him and gives examples of how he sees the MazarsForGood theme within the organization.

What does sustainability mean to you?

Sustainability is organising your life in a way that you use the environment without exhausting it. The shortage of clean drinking water is dire. I have been to places in the world where people have to walk for miles to get clean drinking water. I try to waste as little water as possible in my day to day use by eating less meat and buying sustainable produced fruits and vegetables, for example. Furthermore, I tutor secondary school kids in economics and maths. More importantly, I try to motivate these scholars to focus on their studies and to give them the confidence to know that they can achieve more than they think. It is important to build a lasting relationship with them, and their achievements inspire me as well.

How do you see the topic MazarsForGood within our organisation?

Together with other Mazarians of the Amsterdam office, we actively participate in the Mazars Foundation. We acknowledge our responsibility towards the community and with several projects we try to have a positive impact on the community in the Amsterdam region. For example, we help people with their administration, we organise short internships for secondary school students, we organise job application trainings and we organise educational trips for refugees. Mazars motivates its employees to lease an electric car, Mazars reimburses the charge point at home, you get a charge card, your lease budget is increased by 10% and a temporary car is made available if you travel abroad for a long time. Finally, employees with a lease car are provided with a NS business card, and travel by public transport or an OV bicycle is encouraged.

Regarding sustainable working conditions, Mazars provides its employees with a good work-life balance by giving its employees the opportunity to work parttime and to work one day per week from home if they want to. Furthermore, every employee has a mentor who acts like a career coach and monitors the overtime as well as intervenes if necessary to avoid bottlenecks, for example.

Do you have an example of the development of sustainable services at Mazars?

Mazars Netherlands focuses on expanding the not-for-profit sector with the purpose of increasing the positive social impact. The unique part is that the audit teams are formed by colleagues who have chosen to work in this inspiring sector. I work approximately two months a year as an auditor in the education sector, as it fits nicely with my volunteer work as a tutor. We try to not only perform our audit on the financial statements but also help organisations move forward by improving the quality of the financial processes, soft controls and transparency of the financial statements.

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#MazarsForGood

Mazarians explain what sustainability means to them and give examples of how they see the MazarsForGood theme within the organization.

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Corporate social responsibility

At Mazars, we have committed ourselves to being MazarsForGood – that is a global citizen devoted to having a positive impact on the world and the communities in which we operate. We are dedicated to contributing to society in the best possible way, whether through providing quality services to our clients to help them achieve sustainable growth, enabling our talented people to reach their highest potential or contributing to the public debate with positive insights for the future.

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