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Deloitte Canada makes an impact that matters in 2023




Today, Deloitte Canada released its 2023 annual impact report, Building better futures: Toward a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous world, measuring the firm’s impact and progress on sustainability during the 2023 fiscal year. As a purpose-led organization, Deloitte strives to make an impact that matters by helping and inspiring others to thrive: people, communities, and our country.

“This is our opportunity and our obligation to be a catalyst for positive change,” says Anthony Viel, CEO of Deloitte Canada and Chile. “Across businesses and industries, what unites our people is a commitment to service. Serving others is embedded in our DNA. Since the origin of Deloitte nearly 180 years ago, we have worked alongside organisations to empower them to reach their aspirations and build a better society for all. We can leverage our network, our relationships, our expertise, our know-how, and the collective aspirations of our people to help address the most pressing challenges of our time.”

This report measures the firm’s impact and its progress on sustainability during the 2023 fiscal year across four pillars:

  • Business: Adapting and innovating to meeting clients’ needs.
  • Environment: Monitoring and mitigating the firm’s environmental impact.
  • Society: Helping its people and communities be their best.
  • Governance: Ensuring effective oversight and responsible business practices.

The report maintains that Deloitte has moved forward with its commitment as a service-oriented partner and collaborator, continuing to focus on inspiring progress for all it serves by prioritizing sustainable investments.
For example, in 2023 Deloitte Ventures, a division of Deloitte Canada, committed $150 million to fuel emerging technology companies, including those within fintech, health tech, work tech, clean tech, data and artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity. Deloitte Ventures makes minority investments in companies with disruptive technology and visionary founders, recognizing that the most effective use of capital is to focus and direct energy toward a prosperous, equitable future for society. Opportunities to invest in companies that move the needle on topical matters, including sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion are also sought out. Beyond the capital infusion, it taps into Deloitte’s expansive knowledge and experience to help companies with their strategic, financial, and operational matters.

“Our differentiator is that we’re more than just capital. We can supercharge the growth of the companies we invest in” says Talia Abramowitz, Managing Partner of Deloitte Ventures and a partner in the Financial Advisory practice.

The report shows that Deloitte is driving sustainable and responsible climate choices, both within its organization and beyond – accelerating its own decarbonization efforts and advising clients on their sustainability journeys.

For example, while working with Maple Leaf Foods towards its goal to become the world’s first major carbon-neutral food company, Deloitte implemented its GreenLight Solution to deliver an end-to-end carbon management program transformation. The program helped Maple Leaf Foods to set net-zero goals, identifying initiatives for carbon reduction, creating a road map, analyzing the data, and monitoring progress in real time. This competitive advantage enabled the company to expand into the US market and contributed to its growth strategy and commercial success, while also incorporating responsible practices and working toward a sustainable future.

The impact report also details how Deloitte strives to make a positive social impact to help create a more sustainable and equitable world. It shares stories of meaningful work by Deloitte employees, and explains the firm’s commitment to growing careers, upskilling its employees, and its diversity, equity and inclusion ethos. A highlight from 2023 includes the launch of the Bloom Scholarship program, awarding 35 scholarships to Black students, 14 to Indigenous students, and 19 to students with disabilities including a four-month work term opportunity at the firm.

For more information read the full report here.


Accura Scan, The Only Certified Biometric Solution Provider in Middle East & Africa for Banks and Telcos




Global Identity Verification and Digital KYC solutions provider, Accura Scan is pleased to announce being awarded ISO/IEC 30107-03 compliance after passing a presentation attack detection (PAD) iBeta Level 2 audit with 0% FAR, making it one of the few companies worldwide and the only in IndiaSingapore, APAC & Middle East to have such a recognition.

As part of the testing procedure to assess the performance of Accura Scan face biometric liveness system, which is already being used by clients globally, it was successfully tested with millions of data points in alpha & beta testing modes. Its algorithms were pitted against various forms of spoofing attempts, including but not limited to 3D-printed and curved masks, silicone and paper masks, and videos of real subjects.

Yasin Patel (YP), Accura Scan’s CEO & Founder, expressed great pride in the achievement, adding, “Obtaining the ISO 30107-03 standard after passing the rigorous iBeta level 2 test demonstrates the effectiveness of our solutions against spoofing attacks.” He further announced that in keeping with their motto of ‘Biometrics for All’, Accura Scan would be offering its trusted Identity Verification Suite for free to all start-ups, while established entities would be offered various modules for as little as USD 5,000 a year onwards.

Commenting on this feat, Director – International Sales, Reza Writer, added, “Ambition greater than resources is in the DNA of Accura Scan. We have achieved this feat with a very small but highly skilled & dedicated team that has executed the organizational goal beautifully.”

The ISO 30107-3 framework measures a biometric system’s false acceptance rate (FAR) and false rejection rate (FRR) at the point of presentation. Passing the evaluation with an FAR of 0%, means that the company’s biometric algorithms offer a high level of spoof resistance in all environments.

Headquartered in India, Accura Scan has been completely bootstrapped & profitable since its incorporation. It has firmly established itself in the MENA region over the last 4 years, working with some of the most esteemed Banks, Telecoms & Fintechs globally. As a part of its global strategy, it has now registered itself in Singapore, the EU, the UK, & the US. With top-notch Identity Verification & Digital KYC products, it is confident of making a mark in these markets.

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BIM Exchange integrates traditional currency option for buying and selling cryptocurrencies



BIM Exchange revolutionizes the purchase of crypto-currencies: implicity and security guaranteed

BIM Exchange, the French pioneer of crypto-currency exchange platforms, today announces a major breakthrough in the ease of access and security of crypto transactions. With its new feature, it has never been easier to buy and trade crypto-currencies, bridging the gap between the traditional Web and Web 3.0.

Integration of payments in tradtional currencies: Euro, Dollar, Pound Sterling and Swiss Franc

BIM Exchange now enables its users to buy crypto-currencies directly by bank transfer in less than 24 hours, regardless of their currency. The funds are then securely transferred to the user’s decentralized wallet, such as Ledger, TrustWallet, MetaMask or other.

This method considerably simplifies access to digital currencies, while guaranteeing maximum security.

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Monzo founder talks Prosper. Company sees incredible demand for its Crowdfund, smashing 130% of its target, raising over £785,000.




Having recently announced its crowdfund was open to the public and with a little more than a week to go, Prosper today confirmed it has hit 130% of its funding target, raising over £785,000.

The company is backed by some of the biggest names in fintech. One of those, Tom Blomfield, the founder and former CEO of digital bank Monzo, said:

“The crowdfunding community was vital to Monzo’s growth and helped us engage with our early users. Like Monzo, Prosper is a customer champion brand shaking up the wealth industry. As I invested in Prosper, it became clear that speaking to the community would also play a part in their journey. It’s only the beginning, but I’m excited to help more people prosper!”

Monzo’s first crowdfunding campaign raised just under £1m at a £30m valuation. Today, that valuation stands at “around £4 billion”, according to Sky News. With a week of its own crowdfund still to go, Prosper hopes to build on that success, already closing in on Monzo’s original raise achievement.

“We’ve been blown away by the demand we’ve seen from our community. It’s a testament to the value we can create building a customer-championing business in the world of saving and investing,” said founder and CEO Nick Perrett.

Don’t invest unless you’re prepared to lose all the money you invest. This is a high-risk investment, and you are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong. Take 2 minutes to learn more.

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