At Deloitte, our commitment to sustainability drives us to manage operations responsibly, champion ecological initiatives across our global network, and help clients manage their operations and supply chains in ways that address environmental and social impacts and reduce risks. Despite dramatic growth in headcount during FY2018, Deloitte, relying upon innovative technologies, reduced travel, energy consumption and waste, and maintained its level of per capita carbon emissions intensity.
Deloitte’s building portfolio boasts some of the most sustainable offices in the world, signaling our commitment to people and planet. Deloitte’s new UK and North West Europe headquarters office in London is the largest office in the world to achieve leading certifications for being both an exemplar green building and one designed to enhance the wellbeing of its people. Using BREEAM, a leading green-building certification, Deloitte’s office scored 94 percent, far exceeding the “outstanding” threshold and achieving one of BREEAM’s highest-ever “refurbishment and fit-out project” scores. It also attained WELL Certified™ Gold, a prestigious distinction awarded by the International WELL Building Institute™ to workplaces that enhance people’s health and wellbeing. It’s the largest office building in the world to achieve WELL Certified™ Gold for “new and existing interiors project.” In other parts of the world, Deloitte New Zealand opened its new, five-star Green-Building-rated Wellington office, and Deloitte South Africa began construction on a new LEED Silver office in Johannesburg.
To reduce travel in FY2018, Deloitte continued to promote video conferencing and introduce sustainable alternatives to travel. In FY2018, Deloitte Belgium adopted a new set of policies and began developing an underlying mobility-management system in support of a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2021. Deloitte Ireland introduced hybrid cars for professionals to use when traveling from the office to client sites. Deloitte Luxembourg encouraged greener commuting by offering all professionals a public transportation pass. And Deloitte Germany began sharing behavioral-change messages encouraging more sustainable travel choices.
Paper and printing
Deloitte continues to shift to a digital environment to conserve paper and to support markets for the use of recycled content and sustainably certified fiber. Globally, the emphasis on paper reduction has been promising, with paper usage down 26 percent over the past five years. Deloitte Canada’s “paper-light” work initiative resulted in a reduction of offsite paper records storage, reducing not only paper use, but also the greenhouse gasses involved in transport. This approach resulted in a 13 percent year- over-year decrease in printing and a savings of more than 28 million printed pages since FY2016. Deloitte Southeast Asia and Deloitte Caribbean and Bermuda Countries (CBC) have increased their use of recycled paper for printing.
Recycling and waste diversion
Around the world, Deloitte supports recycling, circularity of materials, and waste minimization. Deloitte Southeast Asia, Deloitte CIS (the Commonwealth of Independent States), Deloitte Malta, and Deloitte CBC all launched or enhanced their recycling initiatives. Focus areas include recycling ink and toner cartridges, plastics, paper, metals, glass, and office and staff electronic waste. Deloitte Cyprus sponsored the country’s biggest annual recycling and environmental festival and provided information on recycling for both corporations and households. Deloitte CIS and Deloitte Uruguay sought to reduce disposable plastic use by promoting water coolers and giving employees reusable containers. On World Cleanup day, Deloitte Turkey doubled its impact by donating a “Back to School” kit to an underserved student for every bag of garbage collected.
Deloitte launched or enhanced a variety of energy- efficiency initiatives during FY2018. Deloitte Mexico, Deloitte Uruguay, Deloitte CIS, and Deloitte CBC improved lighting efficiency through initiatives such as changing to LED bulbs, installing lighting-control software and sensors, and designing for more natural light. These types of projects often demonstrate quick improvements; Deloitte Uruguay saw electricity consumption drop 11 percent from FY2017 through the improvements made.
Responsible supply chain
As a leading professional services provider, Deloitte’s responsible supply chain actions are an opportunity to make a global impact that matters. In FY2018, Deloitte initiated work on a responsible supply chain code of conduct for vendors that contract with Deloitte Global’s procurement organization. Further, environmental assessment questions were included in vendor proposals submitted to Deloitte Global’s procurement organization. Suppliers completing that proposal template are requested to answer questions about environmental sustainability policies and processes. Member firms are also taking action. Deloitte South Africa standardized cleaning products to a green chemical range. And Deloitte Germany reinforced sustainability aspects in its supplier scorecard.
Greenhouse gas emissions
Deloitte seeks to continuously improve its carbon efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Absolute carbon emissions increased in FY2018—a consequence of adding more than 22,000 new people to the organization—and emissions intensity per full-time equivalent increased by 3 percent. Emissions intensity per dollar of revenue decreased by 2 percent from FY2017. Over the past five years, greenhouse gas emissions per full-time equivalent have decreased by 11 percent and emissions per dollar of revenue have decreased by 13 percent. Emissions from buildings have dropped by 16 percent.