Grant Thornton holds a “Rainbow Run” charity sports event to celebrate its 35th anniversary

Grant Thornton held a “Rainbow Run” charity sports event on June 18th in Beijing as one of the celebration activities for its 35th anniversary to advocate civic responsibility and commitment to sustainable development of the society. YanZhitao, Assistant Secretary General of the China Foundationfor Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) attended the event, together with nearly one thousand people from Grant Thornton Beijing office. All the charity proceeds from the Rainbow Run will be donated to the China Poverty Relief Funds to set up charity libraries for middle school students in poverty areas.

Established in 1981, Grant Thornton is one of the earliest accounting firms in China. Over the past 35 years it has witnessed the profession’s resumption in 1981 and its detachment from government bodies in later reforms as well as the development of China’s capital market and the go-global of Chinese enterprises. Along with China’s economic takeoff, it has been making considerable progresses in market, people, quality and brand and evolving into a national firm with both local expertise and global vision. Grant Thornton is ranked among the Top 10 accounting firms in China.

“For 35 years,Grant Thornton has been committed to providing high quality professional services to support the growth of our clients as their trusted advisor. Along the way, we have benefited from the trust of our clients, the dedication of our people, and the support of the society for every progress we have made. Like bees gathering honey, we nourish and co-exist with each other. We are looking forward to growing with our clients, our people and society. As one of the first accounting firms in China, we also take responsibility for sustainable development of the profession." Xu Hua, CEO of Grant Thornton China said. “We hope to practice social responsibility, make contributions to society,and cultivate a sense of citizenship and social responsibility among our people through charity sports event."

Grant Thornton is dedicated to fulfill its corporate social responsibility in areas of education, environmental protection,charity and volunteer services. It was awarded the “Annual Award on Poverty Alleviation” by CFPA in 2013 and 2015. This running event aimed to advocate social sustainable development with focuses on resource recycling and environmental protection by arousing the awareness of green and healthy lifestyle, and encouraging every participant to be an advocate of green lifestyle in their everyday life.

Yan Zhitao also said: "China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation has been cooperating extensively with Grant Thornton. In addition to its efforts to carry out long-term public benefit projects, Grant Thornton is also a CSR role model in seeking innovative ways to improve and support education in poor areas. I sincerely wish there be more and more enterprises in China like Grant Thornton. Looking forward CFPA and Grant Thornton will continue to work together on varieties of education and public benefit initiatives to pass on love and care to the children in need."