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Sustainability in Deloitte

The effects of climate change have escalated at an unprecedented level and already place significant strains on society and the environment. If we do not take urgent and immediate action, these complex challenges will evolve into an even broader range of risks for the environment, society and business, including our own. But progress is possible if businesses and society act collectively.

Our impact matters

As the biggest professional services firms in the world, we know that the collective actions of 345,000 people can have an impact. And we recognise the potential for business to lead the way into a sustainable future. That means setting higher standards for ourselves and helping our clients and society address climate change and accelerate the transition towards a low-carbon economy.

To guide our efforts, we launched WorldClimate last year, which is Deloitte’s global strategy to help the world achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement; keeping the planet within a 1.5 degrees Celsius temperature increase. Through WorldClimate, we are working hard to drive responsible climate choices within our organisations and beyond by embedding sustainable practices and committing to achieving net zero emissions by 2030, while engaging our people, clients and ecosystems to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable future.

Empowering our clients

Our own impact matters, but the impact we can create through our client work is immense. During 2020/21, we have therefore invested significantly in developing our climate and sustainability offerings across all our business areas, both globally and in Denmark. By leveraging our specialist competencies, data-driven insights and industry expertise, Deloitte is uniquely positioned to help clients integrate sustainability throughout their operations - no matter their starting point. Every day we are helping more clients embrace the changing business conditions, take action and make the necessary investment for their successful transition into a more sustainable future. Visit the Climate and Sustainability site to learn more about our services.

Greening our operations

On a global level, Deloitte’s Responsible Business Practices cover specific goals and commitments to reduce emissions, preserve biodiversity, conserve resources and reduce waste within our operations. In Deloitte Denmark, we are honouring these commitments through local policies and initiatives.

Over the past year, we have particularly focused on analysing our travel data as a significant part of our CO2 emissions come from business travel - especially pre-COVID-19. As the pandemic will hopefully soon loosen its grip and make business travel possible again, we acknowledge that we cannot return to the same travel habits as before and still reach our goal of net zero emissions by 2030. Therefore, we have developed an ambitious travel policy to lower our travel emission by 50 per cent per full-time employee by 2030 compared to FY19 levels. As travelling is often a key enabler for our work, the updated travel policy will help us make more effective, carbon-conscious travel choices. We will of course also continue to leverage the past year’s learnings around working remotely and utilise digital collaboration tools. In addition, we are working on making our car fleet 100 per cent electric within 2025.

We are constantly searching for ways to make all areas of our operations more environmentally sustainable. Find our most recent initiatives below.

We have also promoted the Deloitte impact assessment quiz #iAct, which is a global, interactive quiz that helps individuals commit to making better climate choices.

Additionally, our procurement policy has been updated to impose greater sustainability requirements on suppliers and now reflects our commitment to working with suppliers who share our desire to reduce negative environmental, social and economic impacts of our supply chain. In line with this, Meyers - our national canteen supplier - has just launched a new sustainability strategy and a tool that can track the CO2 emissions from every canteen and every ingredient. Going forward, we will use this insight to reduce our food waste and carbon footprint while feeding our employees healthy and greener meals.

Our carbon footprint

We constantly work to include additional data and improve the data quality to get a more complete greenhouse gas inventory. We have also continued to clean up the data, which means that there have been some minor updates to our FY19 and FY20 emission numbers.

* Limited assurance was provided by BDO LLP at a consolidated Deloitte NSE level over all reported carbon metrics. This included consideration of the underlying country data in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Middle East, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK plus Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Gibralter. ** 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.

In the meantime, our ambitious efforts to reduce our energy consumption and CO2 emissions are set to continue, so we can reach net zero emissions in 2030.

For the details of our methodology, please refer to GHG Emissions Basis of Reporting.

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