2020 Belgian Sustainability Report
In Belgium, we are facing an urgent traffic crisis. Every year, workers spend a full week sitting in traffic jams. It is clear that we must act fast to improve mobility. To add to this, Belgium’s business environment has a significant environmental impact. As a tax incentive for companies, many businesses give their employees company cars in place of fiscal renumeration. Employees also benefit from this favourable tax scheme. As a result, many practitioners drive to work instead of using the country’s vast public transport network. Even when no concrete regulations were proposed, Deloitte took a pioneering stance in addressing our role to mitigate congestion on the roads.
Our fleet made up almost 70% of our carbon footprint in 2017, making mobility the biggest opportunity for reducing CO2 emissions. Plus, it affects us all. Imagine the monumental impact it would have on traffic if Deloitte had 10% fewer cars on the road, but also if other Belgian companies made the same commitment?
Reduce our company cars’ CO2 emissions
Agile means of transportation
To meet our goal of reducing car use by 10%, our firm launched the Mobility@Deloitte programme in June 2018 to offer our people with multimodal options for their commute. This included alternatives to a conventional petrol vehicle such as electric cars, public transportation, cycling, shared cars and carpooling. Behind this our goal is to inspire our people to make more thoughtful choices by increasing the amount of versatile modes of transportation and encouraging more flexible work arrangements, like homeworking or working from one of our local offices.
The impact of COVID-19
Of course, the coronavirus has impacted the way we work and travel by placing a spotlight on the things that need to change. While the pandemic has restricted our movement, results have shown that our people consistently reduced their mileage in the months outside of the country-wide lockdown. While it is hard to predict what will happen post-pandemic, we will continuously track and further adjust our aims to reflect evolving conditions.
While the COVID-19 crisis may become better controlled with a vaccine, a solution addressing global warming is highly dependent upon our collective behavioural change.
Five core principles steer the development of the Mobility@Deloitte programme:
- Pioneering firm
We’re a pioneering firm that makes an impact.
- Holistic approach
Take a holistic approach that invests in flexibility, in our fleet and time/place individual working.
- Responsible behavior
Incentivise and encourage positive, responsible mobility behaviour.
- Business reality
Recognise business reality, meet client demands, and make smart business decisions.
- Everyone's responsibility
Mobility solutions are everyone’s responsibility and thus must be tailored to individual needs.
We’re looking to embody the principle of ‘less is more’. It may seem counterintuitive, but offering more choice makes decision-making more difficult.
Did you know?
In August 2020, Deloitte Belgium became the first company in the country to integrate the MINI Electric into its company car fleet with the purchase of 100 MINI Electrics. This was a milestone moment and an important next step towards transitioning to a greener fleet.
Employees select the package that best suits their personal needs; and they can make a new selection every six months.
Our people* choose between four possible mobility packages:
- Employee opts for a company car
- Employee opts for a combination of a company car and occasional train usage
- Employee opt for a combination of a company car and regular train usage
- Employee doesn’t opt for a company car
*eligible for co-workers whose rewards package includes the option for a company car or mobility allowance.
Studies show that commuters who choose modes other than driving tend to have higher levels of productivity and job satisfaction. Experts believe this is because they spend less time stressed out behind the wheel in traffic.
To encourage public transit use, we have introduced a multi-layer commuter offer that includes free or subsidised transit passes on trains, subways, trams and buses. Plus, easy point-to-point access between offices and transit hubs with station parking are included. Our people can also request access to a Deloitte bike to take to and from the station.
Incentivise public transport use
Did you know?
Over the past three years, our efforts have certainly paid off. We decreased our average employee mileage with 33% compared to 2017. Even when simulating normal driving behaviour during the COVID-19 months, there is a decrease of 17.2%, which means driving almost 6.9 million kilometers less. This led to a savings of 274,000 litres of petrol compared to last year, representing a 989-tonne CO2 reduction, equivalent to 38,000 trees.
Working towards ambitious environmental targets, Deloitte Belgium will continue to evaluate, monitor and adjust the annual employee mileage to drive environmental improvements and simultaneously, save more trees.
To start with, Mobility@Deloitte offers a bike allowance of €0.24 per kilometre. Those who do not own a bike can borrow one of our pool bikes for up to five days. We even assist our people with the purchase process of a bike. On top of this, we created an interactive platform for our eco-friendly colleagues to locate the best bike routes to and from the office, or find a biking buddy. Depending on the mobility package, they can choose paid station parking or a city bike.
Did you know?
Launching in early 2021, we will be adding more e-bikes to our Mobility@Deloitte offer, such as the e-Brompton and the e-Trek.