2021 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. By incorporating more electric and hybrid models within our fleet, and cutting back on the types of vehicles offered, we’ve reduced our CO2 emissions by 54%. Imagine how greater the impact would be if Deloitte continues on this trek, but also if other Belgian companies made the same commitment?
One major goal for Deloitte Belgium is to reduce the CO2 emissions of our fleet. By 2023, we want to go further, and cut emissions produced by our company cars by 50%.
Agile means of transportation
The results confirm that our Mobility@Deloitte programme, which was launched in June 2018, has already inspired 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 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 pandemic has significantly reduced our CO2 emissions, we aim to achieve a lasting, positive impact through 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.
Electric and hybrid fleet
Electric cars are not a passing trend – they’re here to stay. We’ve made major investments in our infrastructure to support our transition to a fully electric and hybrid fleet by 2026.
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. In August 2021, the firm added another 140 to its fleet, having placed the largest order ever for the MINI Electric in Europe. Two milestone moments and important next steps 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:
- 'Traditional': Employee chooses for company car
- 'Discover': Employee chooses for a combination of car and occasional train
- 'Liberty': Employee chooses for a combination of car and regular train
- 'Progressive': Employee chooses not to take a company car
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 advance sustainable mobility and become carbon neutral by 2030, Deloitte has partnered with the Brussels-based alternative mobility start-up Skipr. Skipr offers employees a variety of flexible mobility options for their commute to work. The app was introduced in April 2021, and only one month later 56% of the Deloitte employees had been effectively onboarded.
There is a clear shift in the mobility preferences of our people, with 55% of employees opting for a non-traditional mobility package (one that incorporates public transport and less parking days at the office). By 2023, our goal is to increase this number to 65%.
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?
In early 2021, we expanded our Mobility@Deloitte offer with the launch of the e-Brompton and e-Trek electric bikes.