Our Green Journey
We recognise that it is our responsibility as a major business to ensure we employ resources as sustainably as possible and provide the best advice to our clients to help them manage their own impact.
As part of our commitment to the environment, we are ensuring we use our available resources, which include energy and water, in the most economical and sustainable way. We also have a team dedicated to continually improving the environmental performance of the firm.
This year our total direct and energy-related emissions (Scopes 1 and 2) have decreased, in both absolute terms and per FTE and this further demonstrates our commitment to embedding operational sustainability throughout our estate. Our overall carbon footprint has increased by 9% per FTE due to the increase in business travel following our success at winning international business contracts. To both drive the continual improvement of the performance of our estate and respond to our expanding travel (Scope 3) emissions, we have launched Our Green Journey, a major long-term strategy and investment with wide- reaching targets, including reducing our carbon emissions per employee from business travel by 35%, from energy consumption by 30% and our waste production by 20% by 2020, all against a baseline of 2010/11.
Our Green Journey will involve a step-change in Deloitte’s environmental management and behaviours, help to place sustainability at the heart of our internal and client-facing activities and make us an innovative, market-leading business in sustainability services.
Our Green Journey is driven from the very top of the business, but will require the contribution of all Deloitte people to be truly successful. With this in mind, we have placed a strengthened focus on employee participation, as well as increased engagement with external stakeholders, strong governance structures and more transparent monitoring and reporting of our environmental impact. We will also be making significant investments in capital projects to improve our utilities and resource efficiency and enable our people to take similar actions to minimise their own impact.
This means we need to encourage a cultural shift in the way we do business and carry out our internal and external activities. To drive this forward, we are restructuring our environmental department and increasing the number of environmental champions across the firm. We will also be carrying out employee workshops and training on the key themes of Our Green Journey.
We have already made significant progress towards many of Our Green Journey objectives. This year we retained our ISO 14001 accreditation in the UK, which demonstrates that we operate a best-practice environmental management system and are driven to continually improve our environmental performance. We are working towards ISO 14001 accreditation in our Swiss practice and intend this to be operational by the end of FY12.
We have already made significant progress to many of Our Green Journey objectives. This year we retained our ISO 14001 accreditation in the UK, which demonstrates that we operate a best-practice environmental management system and are driven to continually improve our environmental performance. We are working towards ISO 14001 accreditation in our Swiss practice and intend this to be operational by the end of this financial year.
We continue to publically report on our carbon footprint and this year we obtained CEMARS accreditation, which confirmed we had monitored and reduced our direct and energy-related emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 6.8% over three years to 31 May 2010. This is an absolute reduction of 1,604 tonnes. We recognise our travel footprint is increasing. At present internal travel constitutes 29% of our travel footprint and we are committed to reducing this figure. To drive this improvement, we have undertaken a programme to expand our video conferencing facilities and this year increased them from 25 to 60 units. We are also developing a new training package for our people to encourage their use.
We have installed 22 smart meters across our offices in the UK as part of our energy management programme and will be expanding the smart metering system to the rest of our UK offices. To improve our energy management, we are rolling carbon management software out across our offices. Energy usage is one of our key environmental impacts and we intend to dedicate considerable financial and specialist resources towards improving our energy efficiency in the coming year.
In our bid to reduce, reuse and recycle waste, all our offices now implement a bin-less office with segregated recycling points. Food composting has been introduced in our London office as part of our ‘zero waste to landfill’ initiative and we achieved zero waste to landfill in London last year. A feasibility study will be carried out on our waste management over the summer to help move us towards our long-term goal of sending zero waste to landfill across all our offices.
We have also built a partnership with the Tanzania Rainforest Conservation Group, where we have committed our resources to develop environmentally sustainable skills with the local people, protect biodiversity and set up and improve forest reserves, helping conserve 1.7 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
We are proud to announce that a new frog species was discovered in the rainforest this year, and to honour our support has been named after Deloitte, Nectophrynoides deloittei. Funding for this project is partly obtained through our corporate charge card.
The Deloitte corporate charge card has a credit system whereby a proportion of the annual fee is invested into environmental projects. We are aiming to increase the usage of the card by our people in FY12.
The Deloitte Frog
Recognising our commitment to the rainforest in Africa.
Our leadership in supporting the African rainforest has been recognised globally by having a new species named after Deloitte. The ‘Deloitte Frog’ – or more accurately Nectophrynoides deloittei – was discovered in the Ruhebo forest in Tanzania – an ecologically diverse area the size of Wales which Deloitte is helping to preserve through our Rainforest Conservation Project.
The African Rainforest Conservancy honoured Deloitte at a formal celebration on 9 February 2011 in New York, where Heather Hancock received the prestigious global award on behalf of the firm:
"This was a pioneering move by Deloitte. We wanted to demonstrate our commitment to the rainforest, to biodiversity and to the development needs of local people. Thank you to everybody who has given their time and commitment. This is a very unusual first for Deloitte and let's hope the frog feels as proud as we do about the bond we've formed!"
The award represents great recognition for the pioneering approach we took with the United Bank of Carbon and the African Rainforest Trust and our commitment to ensuring sacred forests in Tanzania are standing for future generations.