World’s sixth leading accounting firm by combined fee income, Grant Thornton International is making huge strides in the economy of South Africa through the provision of assurance, tax, advisory and out sourcing services to dynamic organisations, listed companies, large privately held businesses and private equity-backed organisations.
According to Vault’s Top 50 Accounting Firms for 2013, the financial network was positioned second overall, trailing behind Ernst and young. Headquartered in Chicago, Grant Thornton has three service lines: audit, tax, and advisory services. Back in South Africa, the giant financial institution has a national presence of ten offices in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, George, Johannesburg (two), Nelspruit, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Rustenburg.
Shaping South Africa’s accounting industry
In South Africa, Grant Thornton’s learnership programme provides financial assistance to students who are studying to become chartered accountants and the firm’s involvement in enterprise development initiatives include mentorship and money to a broad range of recognized socioeconomic development initiatives.
Working towards transforming South Africa
The gigantic institution is dedicated to enhancement and empowerment of previously disadvantaged individuals and actively accelerates the transformation process within the firm and ultimately the profession. Through its mergers and acquisitions, the organisation exhibits its loyalty to black economic empowerment with an objective to move forward in transforming Grant Thornton into a truly South African firm with black representation in leadership and ownership. Last but not least, the firm has committed to the implementation and improvement of all seven elements of the B-BBEE scorecard.
How does Grant Thornton operate?
Grant Thornton, whose revenue is estimated at $US1, 274 billion as of 10 February 2013, approaches all assignments by combining international experience with local business and technical expertise. The firm prides itself on providing a partner led service for all clients.
Grant Thornton in South Africa has an accredited IBC located in Johannesburg, which collaborates with all offices in South Africa.