Sustainability at Deloitte
Climate change is threatening the entire world. If we do not act now, current and future generations may not have a safe and healthy world to live and thrive in. If left to continue, the impact of climate change on the environment and society could be even more severe than it is today. As a major global business, Deloitte knows that the risk of inaction is associated with increasing harm to nature, to our societal progress, and to business – our own and our clients’. What we do now to mitigate and adapt to climate change and how prepared we are to transition to a low-carbon economy matters to our leadership, our employees and our clients.
While Deloitte has always worked to support the communities around us, Deloitte now commits to achieving net zero emissions by 2030 and extending our impact beyond ourselves— by empowering our people and engaging our eco-systems in responsible climate choices. This is laid out in our new global climate strategy ‘WorldClimate’.
As a firm, we have also introduced ambitious emission reduction targets for buildings, fleet, and travel, as part of our broader policy commitment to Responsible Business Practices.
In Deloitte Denmark, we have expanded our offerings in climate measurements and strategies as well as introduced our own local policies and initiatives to lower our carbon footprint, such as travel reduction guidelines and offices becoming paper free. We have also committed to reducing plastic waste, one of today’s most serious environmental challenges, and to becoming more sustainable overall.
We have introduced a sustainable alternative to disposable plastic cups across all offices, thereby reducing plastic use by more than 700,000 bottles per year.
We have also reviewed our supply chain and chosen more sustainable alternatives and suppliers; replaced paper in all offices with FSE-certified paper; run campaigns to reduce paper consumption overall; introduced campaigns to lower food waste in the canteens; and invested in a biogas reactor for HQ to convert food waste into energy. Examples are Go Green freight by default. When choosing a taxi, we book a vendor that offers environmentally friendly vehicles as a default preference. And we cooperate with glassFORever for a sustainable alternative to disposable cups and glasses.
To reduce paper consumption, we developed an app that tracks printing behaviour and highlights consumption and introduced it with a print challenge across all offices in Denmark. Some offices reduced their consumption by up to 34% - showing that we are ready to take action!
Our carbon emissions have been measured and show the following result:
- We, at Deloitte Denmark, have emitted about 3,697 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, from our operations and travels in FY20.
- This is the equivalent to 1.45 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per employee.
- Most of our impacts in terms of carbon emissions come from air travel and energy use at offices.
- Deloitte at NSE level has decided to purchase Energy Attribute Certificates for all electricity, thereby making it our first year to source 100% renewable electricity for all NSE.
- For our emissions from district heating and business travel, Deloitte at NSE level has purchased Certified Emission Reductions, offsetting our carbon footprint on the operational and travel side.
- In the meantime, our efforts to reduce our energy consumption (kWh) are set to continue.
- We plan to continue measuring our emissions, to track our performances and plan initiatives to reduce them in the future.
* Limited assurance of all reported carbon metrics was provided by BDO LLP at a consolidated Deloitte NSE level. This included consideration of the underlying country data in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK plus Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Gibraltar.
** Total Gross ‘Operational & Travel’ Emissions is a sum of market-based electricity data, district heating and business travel data without radiative forcing. Location-based electricity data and business travel data with radiative forcing are included in the table to increase transparency of our reporting.
For the details of our methodology, please refer to GHG Emissions Basis of Reporting.
We are serious about accelerating our efforts on sustainability next year with our new travel and fleet policy and continuing to build our Green Ambassadors Network. The reduction in travel will also be a natural consequence of the pandemic, where we have learned to work smarter with digital tools rather than travelling to every meeting abroad. We are committed to becoming more sustainable and we are sure that by acting collectively we can make an impact that matters!