More than 50 percent by 2020
By the end of fiscal 2020, we will reduce our carbon emissions to an average of two metric tons per employee—representing a more than 50 percent reduction against our 2007 baseline—and we will begin to measure and report the impact of our work with clients and suppliers in key areas of sustainability.
Learn more about how we are fostering environmentally sustainable growth for our company and our stakeholders.
Climate change and environmental sustainability present challenges and opportunities for Accenture and our stakeholders. To address these, we are committed to incorporating leading environmental practices into our business strategy and operations and to fostering environmental awareness and responsibility among our employees, clients and suppliers.
Our environmental strategy comprises four areas: running efficient operations; working sustainably; enabling client sustainability; and providing insights to advance sustainability. Accountability for our environmental strategy starts with our Chairman & CEO and cascades through our business, to our Chief Leadership Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Global Geographic Services Managing Director and their respective teams across Corporate Citizenship, Workplace Solutions and Environmental Operations.
Environmental stewardship is ingrained in our Code of Business Ethics and our core values, specifically Stewardship. These inform our Environmental Responsibility Policy, which our Environment Steering Group (ESG) established in 2007, updated in 2014, and reviews annually.
Learn more in our 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report.
Running Efficient Operations
Learn more about how we incorporate leading environmental practices into our business strategy and operations.
Since setting our initial carbon target in fiscal 2008, we have reduced our per employee carbon emissions by more than 43 percent against our fiscal 2007 baseline—from an average of 4.0 to 2.3 metric tons of CO2 per employee. This reduction is equal to avoiding approximately 2 million metric tons of CO2, or the annual electricity usage of about 275,000 North American homes.
More than 80 percent of our carbon footprint consists of emissions our people generate from air travel for business purposes and from the use of electricity in our office locations.
Learn more about how we grow our business on an environmentally sustainable basis:
Energy management: Fiscal 2014 was the most energy-efficient year in our company’s history. Building on the efforts from previous years, we cumulatively saved an estimated 530,000 total megawatt-hours of electricity and avoided more than 330,000 metric tons of related CO2 since setting our fiscal 2007 baseline.
Environmental Management System and ISO 14001 certification: Our Environment Management System has been globally certified for ISO 14001 since 2009. We have sustained certification at all of our existing sites in fiscal 2014.
Renewable sources: We increased the share of purchased renewable energy across our office portfolio by more than 30 percent compared to fiscal 2013.
Waste and water management: More than 99 percent of our total disposed equipment, which this year was more than 57,000 laptop and desktop computers weighing 260 metric tons, was disposed in a method avoiding landfill, primarily through management by responsible disposal vendors.
Read more in our 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report.
Learn more about how we engage our employees and suppliers in growing our business sustainably.
To reduce our per employee carbon emissions, we aim to deliver more effectively for our clients in the most environmentally and economically efficient manner possible. Our people are constantly inventing ways to execute our environmental strategy in their daily work.
To make our work less travel intensive, we continue to invest in collaboration technology, focus on staffing locally where possible and maximize our Global Delivery Network. Our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint include:
Collaboration technology: We are expanding the use of video collaboration to connect our people and average approximately 8 million videoconferencing minutes per month.
Smart Work program: During fiscal 2014, gross air travel decreased by 5 percent, or 17,700 metric tons less than the year prior, and employee emissions from air travel decreased more than 13 percent.
Eco Champions and Eco Volunteers: We have Eco teams across all of our geographies, encompassing more than 5,000 employee volunteers.
Driving Supplier Sustainability: During fiscal 2014, we piloted the use of supplier dashboards to track suppliers’ sustainability and inclusion practices.
Learn more about our efforts in our 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report.
Enabling Client Sustainability
Learn more about how we are helping clients on their sustainability journey.
We invest annually in research and development to help create, commercialize and disseminate innovative business strategies and technology solutions, including those which help our clients improve their sustainability performance.
We combine a comprehensive set of sustainability assets, offerings and tools with our insights and deep experience to help clients, such as Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide and Vodafone, achieve high performance in three strategic areas: sustainability strategy; sustainability operational excellence; and technology and intelligent infrastructure.
Read more in our 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report.
Providing Insights to Advance Sustainability
Learn more about how we are contributing to the overall environmental agenda in collaboration with other businesses and organizations.
We strive to contribute to the overall environmental agenda by serving as a collaborator, convener and thought leader. We team with other businesses and organizations to gain insight into issues and solutions that will help make the world a better place.
Our collaborations include work with organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and CDP, as well as our own Sustainability 24 initiative.
Read more about Accenture and the environment in our:
2014 Corporate Citizenship Report
2012–2013 Corporate Citizenship Report
2012 UN Global Compact Communication on Progress [PDF, 1MB]
2014 CDP Report [PDF, 783KB]
2010–2011 Corporate Citizenship Report