We cherish the potential of our business to lead the way when our clients and society address climate change and accelerate the transition towards a low-carbon economy. Through our global strategy programme WorldClimate, we are working hard to drive responsible climate choices within our organisations and beyond. We are focused on embedding sustainable practices into our operations and committing to achieving net zero emissions by 2030 while engaging our people, clients and ecosystems to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable future.
Our own impact matters, but the impact we can create through our client work is significant. During 2020/21, we have therefore invested significantly in developing our climate and sustainability offerings across all our business areas, both globally and in Finland. By leveraging our specialist competencies, data-driven insights and industry expertise, Deloitte is uniquely positioned to help clients integrate sustainability throughout their operations. 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 Finland, 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 pre-Covid-19 CO2 emissions came from business travel. We have developed an ambitious travel policy to make effective travel choices and lower our travel emission by 50 per cent per full-time employee by 2030 compared with FY19 levels. We will also continue to leverage the past year’s learnings around working remotely and utilising digital collaboration tools to achieve these goals.
We are constantly searching for ways to make all areas of our operations more environmentally sustainable. We have already ensured that our offices in Finland use 100 per cent renewable electricity and have waste recycling facilities. During FY22 we have invested in digital technology to support the hybrid ways of working and the future of work. We have also invested in choices of mobility to reduce the impact of commuting and local journeys, for instance, we launched a new company-bike benefit and updated the company-car benefit policy wherein cars need to be fully electric, plug-in hybrids or natural gas vehicles. In addition, our new low-emission business premises We Land opens its doors in 2024 and has received BREEAM’s (Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method) outstanding environmental certification the first in Finland. Sustainability plays a critical role in building construction work, as well as in all materials and in the layout design that support the client and collaborative working settings in line with our Future of Work model.
We have also updated our external WorldImpact website to promote our commitment to a sustainable future and launched Deloitte Global’s e-learning programme ‘Rewrite our Future’ and the Deloitte North South Europe (NSE) Sustainability Learning week to empower our people.
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 from 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 Gibraltar.
In table above, gross total emissions are the sum of market-based electricity data, district heating, business travel data without radiative forcing and purchased goods and services. Location-based electricity data and business travel data with radiative forcing are included in the table to increase the transparency of our reporting.
Purchased goods and services emissions are largely estimated for Finland, relying on extrapolation from procurement spend data obtained from three of our larger NSE Deloitte geographies.
For the details of our methodology, please refer to Deloitte NSE’s GHG Emissions Basis of Reporting.