Taking climate action through WorldClimate

Deloitte has launched WorldClimate – our global plan to become net zero across our operations by 2030 and drive responsible climate choices within our organisation and beyond.

Overcoming the climate emergency will require collective action, and we are ensuring sustainability is at the core of our business. Reducing emissions is our biggest priority, so we’ve set ambitious goals that touch on every aspect of our organisation, and that are guiding the action our people are taking with clients, alliance partners, suppliers and other stakeholders.

Backed by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTI), our reductions commitments are in line with the Paris Agreement ambition to keep the world within a 1.5°C temperature increase. We’ve also joined UN’s Race to Zero campaign, the largest ever alliance committed to achieve net zero emissions.

We’re asking every one of our people to join us on the journey to net zero.
Nicola Weir

Deloitte WorldClimate director

Empowering our people

“WorldClimate is empowering our entire business to take action on climate change,” said Deloitte’s WorldClimate director Nicola Weir. “We’re asking every one of our people to join us on the journey to net zero.”

“This means making conscious decisions each day in support of our targets and connecting with ecosystems to drive the change we all want to see.”

Using our bespoke interactive climate impact assessment tool, our #iAct campaign encourages each person to set their own climate action commitments in their work and home lives, which are often blurred in response to the challenges of the pandemic.

Created with support from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), the #iAct assessment tool asked people to think about the decisions they make across four key areas: travel, food, home and purchasing. The tool prompts individuals to discover and explore new ways they can take positive climate action, for instance when heating and cooling their homes, buying new items with packaging, making travel choices and more.

“This tool has helped empower our people to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint. The goal is to inspire a ripple effect, to empower all our people to drive the conversation – and action – amongst their wider networks every day. The campaign ended with a global livestreamed event which saw thousands tune-in worldwide,” Nicola concluded.

Taking responsibility

Meaningful change takes dedicated leadership and accountability, and our Executive group is responsible for the success of our WorldClimate strategy, overseeing the transformation required to reach our reductions targets.

NSE COO and sponsor for WorldClimate, David Noon, said, “For me, it's about step change at all levels. I've personally committed to travelling less, embedding sustainability throughout our operations and supporting large scale change through how we engage with our clients and suppliers. We'll drive positive change for the environment when we act together.”

In support of this commitment, this year we also signed on to all three of the core initiatives of The Climate Group to drive climate action fast – one of only a handful of companies to make the triple commitments of supporting renewable energy, electric vehicle adoption and energy productivity. Taken together, these three initiatives serve as an ecosystem that support the power of collaboration, encouraging collective action with clients, competitors and suppliers alongside the advancement of Deloitte’s own goals.

We are also working with other governmental and non-governmental organisations to leverage our size and scale as part of the Race to Zero, building momentum for our peers to reach zero emissions by 2050.

Reducing emissions

Touching on every aspect of our organisation, our emissions reduction plan involves making the following changes to achieve net zero:

Our workplace

  • Leasing – We’re removing excess workspaces, to support our hybrid, choice-led working model of the future.
  • Fit-outs – Building on the successes of our award-winning buildings, The Edge in Amsterdam and 1 New Street Square in London, we’re embedding environmental sustainability and wellbeing considerations in all workspace refurbishments.
  • Operations – We’ll reduce our consumption, improving energy and water efficiency in our offices by an additional 25 per cent through operational improvements and investment.
  • Renewable energy – We procured 100 per cent renewable electricity in 2020 and will continue to do so. We’ll also expand our use of on-site renewables and decarbonise our heating systems.
  • Waste reduction – We’re committed to reducing our waste production by an additional 50 per cent per person and minimising the creation of plastic, food and single-use waste within our operations.
  • Circular economy – We’ll increase our recycling rates to >75 per cent and send zero waste to landfills. We’ll also support the circular economy by prioritising suppliers that design out the use of virgin materials in their products and ensure their recyclability at end-of-life.

Our supply chain

  • Suppliers – Emissions within our supply chain account for around 70 per cent of our carbon footprint. Managing our supply chain responsibly and positively influencing suppliers is one of the most impactful ways we will make a difference. We’ll ask our global suppliers to measure and report their carbon emissions ensuring that by 2025, two-thirds have also set a 1.5°C aligned carbon reduction target validated by the Science-Based Targets Initiative.
  • We’re going to map the sustainability risks across our global supply chain and place clauses that improve environmental and social standards into all major contracts.
  • Beyond emissions, we will work to protect nature by mapping the biodiversity impacts of our operations and supply chain and set a biodiversity net gain target.

Our way of working

  • To minimise our digital footprint, we’ll set sustainability requirements in all major IT contracts, reducing the impacts of their manufacture, use and disposal. We will also consolidate our physical data centres and accelerate the migration of services to the cloud.
  • We’re committed to reducing our travel emissions by 50 per cent per FTE. By investing in digital collaboration tools and using our Sustainable Delivery Framework to deliver international projects, we’ll support our clients more sustainably.
  • We’re transforming our entire car fleet to 100 per cent electric vehicles and supporting the use of low-carbon mobility options – both at work and at home.

Our people

  • Leadership – We understand that meaningful change takes dedicated leadership and accountability. Our business, strategy and planning now consider the climate-related risks and opportunities facing our business, and our COO group are responsible for the success of our sustainable transformation.
  • Advocacy – Our firm is full of people passionate about protecting the planet. To harness this energy, we have refreshed our network of climate champions, giving them more support to advocate the importance of climate action, drive new ways of working and hold us to account.
  • Training – We’re upskilling all our colleagues to be well informed on the impact of climate change, biodiversity loss and how the net zero transition will benefit the global economy. We also share regular insights and educational content across all our communications channels.
  • Recognition – Every aspect of our employee journey will be revised to reinforce the importance of climate action, from recognising our colleagues for their contribution to our sustainability agenda to linking leadership bonuses to ESG performance.
  • Pensions – We will work with our pension providers to ensure everyone can invest in ESG-weighted funds and impact funds, and encourage them to set a net zero target for our investment portfolio.