Sustainability is in our DNA. Our international partnership was born out of an act of selflessness: in 1983, Robert Mazars, our founder, gifted his firm to a group of young partners, with the simple instructions to always work for the public interest, keep a long-term perspective and manage Mazars for the benefit of future generations. This is what we have tried to do ever since.
Since Mazars' foundation in 1945 the firm has transformed, grown and diversified. We now bring together the expertise of more than 42,000 professionals – over 26,000 in our integrated partnership plus 16,000 via the Mazars North America Alliance – in over 90 countries and territories, on all continents. In addition to audit, which remains at the core of our business, we have developed a wide range of services, providing advice and bespoke solutions to organisations of all sizes and in all industries.
We have become a truly international firm, but we have never deviated from our caring, purposeful and socially conscious approach. As shown in this report, we put people and values first. In 2020, as the world was fighting a global pandemic, we made protecting our people our number one priority, and directed our efforts towards helping them stay safe and take care of their loved ones.
Our new brand identity reaffirms our purpose and our new strategic plan for the next four years has set high aspirations and clear priorities to further raise our standards in all we do.
We want to continuously improve the value we deliver to our people, clients and society, reinforcing diversity at all levels of our organisation, building an inclusive workplace, where everyone feels their contributions are welcomed. We will continue to empower our people to thrive, making Mazars a school of excellence.
Quality will remain the backbone of all our activities, and we will continue to foster a true quality and risk management culture. Financial transparency and extra-financial performance are the foundations of trust, and the essence of a fair and prosperous economy, and auditors are a central piece of this ecosystem.
We will continue to be advocates for increased choice, fairness and quality in the audit market, while developing sustainability services which meet the growing demand of all responsible players. By listening to our clients and their needs, we will shape the future together, developing services that accelerate their business, the right way. We aim to be a key contributor to public interest advisory groups such as EFRAG, creating and sharing valuable information and insight with our stakeholders.
We will keep helping the communities in which we live and work. And we will play our part in tackling climate change and ensuring the successful transition to a low-carbon economy.
This is who we are and who we aspire to be, and this is the legacy we want to build and leave for future generations.