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ENVIRONMENT Skills to Succeed


Fostering sustainable economic growth for our company and our stakeholders is at the heart of our environmental strategy. Our culture of digital collaboration helped make 2016 the most energy-efficient year in our company's history.

reduction in per-employee carbon emissions—achieving our 2020 goal of 50% ahead of schedule
approximate reduction in air travel carbon emissions per employee from fiscal 2016
of our key suppliers disclosed emissions reduction actions and 72% disclosed targets

Accountability for our environmental strategy starts with our Chairman and CEO and cascades to our governance bodies, which oversee our environmental policy and corporate objective of fostering environmental sustainable growth.

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, undated in 2014, and reviews annually.

Our environmental strategy focuses on three areas: 

  1. Running efficient operations that reduce emissions and other impacts 

  2. Enabling client and supplier sustainability 

  3. Engaging our people, leaders, partners and other stakeholders. 

We use digital technology to collaborate, learn and connect with our teams and our clients, while reducing the cost, time and necessity of travel and travel-related carbon emissions.

  • Since 2007, we’ve reduced our per employee carbon emissions by 47 percent toward our goal of 50 percent by 2020.

  • Our Smart Work program promotes flexible work options, with our collaborative technologies, is helping us reduce the environmental impacts and costs associated with business travel.

  • Our ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Certification is maintained at more than 60 locations around the world.

  • To further improve our energy management, we have installed more than 400 smart meters in our facilities worldwide.

  • More than 99 percent of our e-waste avoids landfill every year.

  • Accenture is one of the largest global users of Skype for Business® and we are not alone: more than 500 clients communicate with Accenture people easily and securely over communication platforms such as Skype for Business.

  • Our Chairman & CEO Pierre Nanterme joined 75 CEOs at global companies to sign a statement urging concrete, business-led climate solutions and extended an open offer to work with global leaders to co-design climate solutions.

ISO 14001

Accenture continues to maintain global ISO 14001 certification with 60 sites in scope. We have held the certification since March 2009.

In Canada, our Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto Explorer locations are included on our global certificate. Our Environmental Management System is primarily focused on scope 1 and 2 emissions related to energy and resource usage as well as broader impacts such as waste and water.

More broadly, employee ISO 14001 training is mandatory as part of our ISO 14001 certification in relevant sites. While our ISO 14001 program is voluntary, it continues to be a critical component of Accenture’s sustainable operations and we intend to maintain global ISO 14001 certification indefinitely.


Driving employee engagement is just as important as driving carbon reductions; client teams have also seen increases in employee engagement from these programs.

Throughout the year, the Accenture Canada Eco Teams, made up of Accenture volunteers passionate about environmental conservation and eager to take a leading role, collectively sponsor eco engagement campaigns across Canada to drive awareness and action in support of environmentally responsible behaviors. These teams have also spearheaded local efforts such as addressing office waste and emissions, promoting telecommuting and alternative travel options, and organizing Earth Hour, Earth Day and United Nations World Environment Day events.

Our Eco Teams are supported by our company through the allocation of time (monthly meetings and campaign preparation) finances (needed for volunteer days and environmental celebrations) and communication resources (necessary to develop and broadcast awareness messaging).