Grant Thornton International donates a further US$36,610 to UNICEF

Grant Thornton International has donated a further US$36,610 to UNICEF. The global accounting organisation donates US$5 to UNICEF for every completed questionnaire for its International Business Report (IBR). IBR is an annual survey of the views of senior executives in privately held businesses (PHBs) all over the world. The report now surveys over 7,200 PHBs in 36 economies. Since September 2007 Grant Thornton International has donated a total of US$113,055 to UNICEF.

David McDonnell, chief executive officer of Grant Thornton International said, "We are pleased to contribute to such a worthwhile cause and we will continue to do so. Like UNICEF, Grant Thornton International operates worldwide and we have a responsibility to contribute to the communities where our people live and work."

Hugh Mehta, corporate relations manager at UNICEF said, "Since 2007, Grant Thornton has donated an incredible $113,055 through this initiative. UNICEF receives no statutory funding from the UN and we rely on the support of our friends like Grant Thornton International."

The funds will be used to support UNICEF's vital work. UNICEF helps children receive the support, health care and education they need to survive the threats of childhood poverty. UNICEF’s mission is to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

The Grant Thornton International Business Report is an annual survey of the views of senior executives in privately held businesses all over the world. Launched in 1992 in nine European countries the report now surveys over 7,200 PHBs in 36 economies providing territory, regional and global trend data on the economic and commercial issues affecting a sector often described as the 'engine' of the world's economy. Data for eight key industry sectors will be available for the first time in 2009. The research is conducted by Experian Business Strategies Ltd. Grant Thornton International donates US$5 to UNICEF for every completed IBR questionnaire, a donation of over US$39,000 in 2008.

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