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Meet GRI's latest GOLD Community Member: FBK Grant Thornton
01 November 2017

GRI GOLD Community members are our core supporters. As leaders in sustainable development, they benefit from our latest insights and trends in sustainability and reporting, and form a global community of practice and knowledge sharing. Russia-based FBK Grant Thornton is the latest organization to join our unique program.​
FBK Grant Thornton is one of Russia’s leading professional services firms. The company’s client base includes other 50 of Russia’s one hundred largest companies. Founded in 1990, FBK has been one of the three best performing firms in the Russian audit and consulting market since the beginning of the Expert RA rankings.
The company’s basic principles are: independence, integrity, objectivity and professional competence. As a result, the FBK brand has become synonymous not only with quality audits, effective consulting, flawless legal support and defense, but also with a high degree of social responsibility. The company provides comprehensive services to a consistently high level of quality, tested across time and geography, in accordance with Russian and international standards. Across all sectors of the economy, FBK provides more than 50 types of high-end services.
“FBK has enjoyed a good name for about a quarter of a century,” commented Sergey Shapiguzov, FBK Grant Thornton President. “And we are now glad to offer Grant Thornton our high professional reputation as a solid basis for further development in Russia. The trust of our partners and clients is our main asset and our main competitive advantage. Trust enables us to maintain our leadership in the industry over so many eventful years. And above all, for any business trust is a foundation for growth.”
In accordance with the Company's motto “Explain the world, change the world,” FBK also pays great attention to sustainable development issues, focusing on two aspects: implementing initiatives in the field of sustainable development and social responsibility; and contributing to the sustainable development of Russian companies through a range of services.
FBK Grant Thornton has opened a new line of business – Services Related to Sustainable Development – to promote the sustainable development of Russian companies, including through sustainability reporting, professional verification and the implementation of the GRI Certified Training Program. Joining the GRI GOLD Community will contribute to their further progress in this field.
“This membership gives us an exclusive networking opportunity, the ability to be on the cutting edge, to share experiences and knowledge in sustainability,” said Vladimir Skobarev, head of the Sustainable Development Department.
The company invests significantly in people and culture issues, as it regards its employees as the main priority for the company’s sustainable development. For example, FBK Grant Thornton created the Strategic Committee, a consultative body for its managing partner, within the company. The team comprised 22 employees from different departments and business directions, and their work focused on the formulation, analysis and elaboration of the sustainable development initiatives. During the first year of the Strategic Committee, dozens of initiatives were discussed. People are inspired when they have an opportunity not only to express their opinion but also to personally contribute and set the direction of the company’s development.
FBK aims to be more than just a business: it is a very special environment, in which a unique corporate culture based on social responsibility and charitable activities is formed. Concern for Russian culture, people and participation in social projects is not only part of the company’s strategic vision, but also an expression of its key ethical values.
For example, for many years FBK supported the national Museum of Fine Arts, helping the museum resolve financial and legal issues, and attract sponsors. The company also participates in the Grant Thornton network’s Global Corporate Social Responsibility Days. FBK has led multiple charity activities, including a sales exhibition featuring drawings and canvases of the students at comprehensive school, a charity food auction and a collection of clothes for people living in poverty.
“Through collaboration with charity organizations we have raised enough funds to facilitate treatment and to provide financial help to many needy children,” said Irina Sukhova, Vice President on Corporate Development at FBK.
Visit the GRI website for more information on the GRI GOLD Community and find out how you can join this unique global network.

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