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Steve Varley

Steve Varley

Global Vice Chair, Sustainability , EY

Steve Varley is EY’s Global Vice Chair - Sustainability, leading EY’s climate change and sustainability agenda globally in a newly created role that is the first amongst the Big Four. He helps EY clients create business value from sustainability and accelerate their transition to a lower carbon future. 

He also leads EY’s overall environmental sustainability strategy across the US$36b professional services organization and its 300,000 people. Steve is leading the organization’s efforts towards decarbonization and has overseen its achievement of carbon neutrality in 2020, carbon negative in 2021, and net zero commitment for 2025.  

Steve was previously EY UK&I Regional Managing Partner and Chair of EY UK, leading the US$3.5b business and its 17,000 employees. During his nine-year tenure he drove an inclusive and green growth, doubling its revenues from £1.3b in FY11 to £2.6, in FY20. During this time, 8,000 jobs were created in the UK, more than half of which were outside of London.

Steve is also a founding co-chair of the S30, a group of 30 Chief Sustainability Officers from some of the world’s leading businesses, launched in 2020 in collaboration with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’s Sustainable Markets Initiative.