Responsibility to advance corporate citizenship at Accenture starts at the top with our Board, our executive chairman and our CEO, and cascades through our business, including use of performance objectives relating to corporate citizenship. Our governance structure ensures there is a clear path of responsibility to achieve our corporate citizenship goals and drive broader performance on non-financial topics across the organization. Pursuant to its charter, the Nominating & Governance Committee of the Board has responsibility to review our policies and practices on significant corporate social responsibility issues.
Members of our Global Management Committee sponsor our corporate citizenship and environmental strategies. These senior leaders, from multiple corporate functions and geographies, engage on these topics and are responsible for making final decisions on strategies, goals and policies recommended by our management bodies, such as the Corporate Citizenship Council and the Environment Steering Group.
The Corporate Citizenship Council [PDF], a group of senior executives from multiple disciplines and geographies, implements those policies and supporting programs—assessing strategy, guiding overall programming activity and approving major initiatives. Each of our 15 market units has a council member responsible for his or her implementation of our corporate citizenship priorities within that geography.
From 2008 to 2020, the Environment Steering Group, comprised of leaders from across Accenture, determined our processes for providing guidance around carbon-emissions disclosure. This group recommended that Accenture pursue global ISO 14001 certification for the first time, and proposed Accenture’s 2020 environment goals, including our science-based target announced in December 2018 and our renewable energy goal announced in September 2019. The group met regularly to monitor our environmental performance and identify improvement areas, and made strategic recommendations on our sustainability initiatives to our leadership and integrated programs throughout the organization. Beginning in 2020, our Global Management Committee launched a large-scale project to advance Accenture’s environmental ambition and evaluate new governance models. A newly structured Environmental Sustainability Steering Committee will be announced in fiscal 2021.