2021 Deloitte Africa Impact Report

 

We are tackling the climate crisis head on. Deloitte’s WorldClimate strategy articulates our responsibility to get our own house in order, to inspire our people to act, and to engage our ecosystems and alliances in our cause. WorldClimate focuses on creating awareness of personal choices and changing behaviours – both within our firm and among those we influence – to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Environmental sustainability continues to be a C - suite level priority for Deloitte, and advancing Deloitte’s progress on sustainability and climate change is prominent on our Responsible Business and Public Policy agenda.

We recognise change starts within. Deloitte must set and meet higher standards for itself, including achieving net-zero emissions by 2030. To achieve this, we must make major changes to how we do business, including;

  • Reducing business travel, aligned with science-based climate methodologies.
  • Sourcing renewable energy for our buildings.
  • Considering the environmental impact of all our policies and practices, from procurement processes to the events our people attend.
  • Engaging with our major suppliers to promote their adoption of science-based targets, and making investments to address unabated emissions.
  • Inspiring our people to understand and use the power and influence they have as individuals to make responsible choices to reduce their individual and household impacts.

More details on Deloitte Africa’s WorldClimate strategy are available on www.deloitte.co.za

Carbon offsetting for immediate impact

We are taking immediate steps to address our current level of emissions through offset purchases. We recognise purchasing offsets is not a final solution, but rather an interim action that offers immediacy while we advance our broader reduction goals. All carbon emissions resulting from our operations and business travel in FY2020 were offset through the purchase of third party-verified carbon credits. We intend to do the same for subsequent financial periods. We are also evolving our approaches for addressing residual carbon emissions incurred within our value chain and will continue to explore options that align with our strategy.

Buildings purpose-built for sustainability

Our commitment to a more sustainable future for our people, community and planet is evidenced by our emphasis on building high-performing green buildings which have meaningful potential to influence climate change. They are also better for our people.

Our new buildings in Johannesburg and Cape Town were designed with environmental sustainability in mind. The Waterfall office in Johannesburg is the first building in South Africa to receive a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) v4 rating from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The building’s energy performance is optimised with solar panels, renewable backup power, and enhanced ventilation to reduce electricity usage from air-conditioners. Other features include blinds that track the sun and a rainwater harvesting system. Grey water obtained from harvested rainfall or sump water was used for 84% of all water consumed throughout the office, as well as for the exterior landscaping, over the past year. Recycling stations are accessible throughout the building and a secondary level of sorting continues in the basement to minimise what eventually goes to landfills. For the past financial year 86% of our waste was recycled.

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The Ridge in Cape Town is one of only nine office buildings in South Africa to be awarded with a 6-star LEED rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). A number of special technologies were incorporated into the build to facilitate the high score. This included the use of Ecobricks, believed to be a first for a South African commercial building.

We were ahead of our targets in emission reduction before COVID-19 restrictions were in place, however lower levels of business-related air and car travel due to lockdowns contributed significantly towards our FY21 reduction. With the shift to remote working and with hybrid working a permanent arrangement, we expect further costs and environmental benefits will be realised through reduced commuting to the office or client premises.

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As we change ourselves, we work to change the world by growing the sustainability services that we provide our clients. At Deloitte, we work with several clients on investments in renewable energy, water supply solutions, agriculture, and food security. We are proud of our work in energy and agriculture for governments and international donors across the continent.

More is being done across the Africa network to scale up our efforts in all regions as part of a continuous and holistic commitment. We are at the final stages of a sustainability framework which factors in the complexities unique to the African continent.

Contacts

Anne Muraya
Managing Partner, Responsible Business and Public Policy
Deloitte Africa

Audrey Chitewe
World Impact Lead
Deloitte Africa