2021 CBC Impact Report

Coral Garden Project | Living Reefs Foundation

Deloitte Bermuda is proud to collaborate with Living Reefs Foundation which was formed in 2014 with the mission to keep Bermuda’s reefs and the marine life they support healthy. Their goal is to earmark 85% of all funds for reef-related work, which includes research, coral planting and developing a tourism/conservation partnership for sustainable coral conservation.

In 2020, Deloitte Bermuda became a proud sponsor of the Coral Garden initiative and our very own garden was installed in July 2021. The aim of the project is to restore damaged areas in Castle Harbor. The Coral Garden project uses state-of-the-art coral restoration techniques. Metal frames are anchored to the seabed forming the newly established coral garden. Young corals are secured to the frame, and colonize the garden as they grow and reproduce.

Yvonna Osborne, Financial Advisory Senior Associate and CSR Committee member, participated in the launch of Deloitte’s coral garden. She comments, “I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this awesome initiative – literally getting my hands dirty to help rejuvenate the coral reefs of Bermuda was very fulfilling. This work is important as coral reefs play such a vital role in Bermuda and our environment.”

Bermuda Beach Clean-Up Project | Keep Bermuda Beautiful

On Saturday, October 17, 2020 a group of Deloitte employees took to the beach and dedicated their morning to clearing up Somerset Long Bay with the organization, Keep Bermuda Beautiful. The group collected trash along the beach and snorkeled in the bay for litter.

MeiMei Zhu, Actuarial & Insurance Solutions Manager, says “We had a great time working with KBB over the weekend on our beach cleanup. Together, we were able to make significant headway on cleaning up the shores of Somerset Long Bay. It was a positive experience to contribute our time towards making our environment cleaner and protecting the endemic species of Bermuda."  

Seymour Pond Maintenance Project | Bermuda Audubon Society

Since 2016, Deloitte Bermuda has sponsored Seymour’s Pond and funded the maintenance of the area. The nature reserve, located in Southampton, spans 2.5 acres, and is managed by the Bermuda Audubon Society. The pond was established in 1963 and supports a healthy population of the endemic Bermuda Killifish, providing a rich feeding ground for many species of migratory waterfowl including Canada geese, ducks, herons, and egrets. Moorhens, coots, and pied-billed grebes have all been known to breed here and it’s also an amphibian study site.

Janice Hetzel from the Bermuda Audubon Society adds, “The Bermuda Audubon Society is most grateful to Deloitte for the adoption of Seymour's Pond Nature Reserve. As a wholly volunteer society, we have no paid staff to maintain our reserves and the work to keep the trails clear for the enjoyment of visitors is more than can be managed by volunteer help alone. Thanks to Deloitte's sponsorship, we are able to keep the nature trail and bird hide well maintained and open for the benefit of the whole Bermuda community."

 

About the Bermuda Audubon Society: The Bermuda Audubon Society is a charitable organization with the mission to conserve Bermuda’s special bird life and natural  habitats. As part of their efforts, they acquire land for nature reserves and restore wetlands and other wildlife habitats. They own 16 reserves in Bermuda – including Seymour Pond. The Bermuda Audubon Society brings together those interested in birding and environmental conservation for shared information, educational field trips and lectures, camps, and other public awareness promotions.  

Our commitment to responsible climate choices

With the establishment of our regional WorldClimate Sustainability Working Group – Deloitte CBC has pushed its WorldClimate agenda forward, with leaders and volunteers from each Deloitte Caribbean and Bermuda location.

In 2021, a Sustainability Policy was instituted which address all GHG emissions categories – Scope 1,2,3 for operations, business travel and the purchases of goods and services. 

We have successfully been able to achieve 33% year on year reduction of building emissions and our business travel emissions numbers, embracing increased virtual interactions with both clients and internal business meetings. We have begun vendor discussions for the use of renewable energies to be onboarded in the near future, as we pursue our goal of Net-Zero by 2030.

Most significantly, we have built on our operational success for reduced emissions, by investing in Carbon Offset projects for the emissions produced in both fiscal year 2020 and 2021. 1,846MT for operations and travel emissions were offset for fiscal year 2020 and for fiscal year 2021, our offsets expanded to include operations and travel and emissions from purchases of goods and services, with 3,017MT bring offset.

These offset projects for which investments were made included – Rainforest reforestation, Wind Farm sustainable infrastructure and improved cookstoves (for health and livelihood).

As a purpose-led organization, we are demonstrating our commitment to address climate change through WorldClimate, our strategy to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030, “operate green,” and extend our impact beyond Deloitte.

Our story progresses from being Carbon neutral in 2020 for operations and business travel, to being Carbon Neutral in 2021 for all Scope 1,2 and 3 GHS emissions i.e. total emissions from operations, business travel and purchases of goods and services.