Taking climate action
Being a responsible business in today’s world means doing our part to protect the planet for future generations.
We’re improving the efficiency of our operations, harnessing the innovative spirit of our people and developing new sustainability solutions to help reduce our environmental impact.
As a professional services company, the most significant aspects of our environmental footprint are the greenhouse gas emissions we generate through travel and the electricity used in our locations. We continue to explore innovative technologies and processes to decouple business growth from emissions growth.
Our environmental journey
In September 2019, we announced our commitment to using 100% renewable energy across our global operations by 2023.
Shifting to renewable forms of power is a critical step toward achieving our Science-Based Target, approved by the Science-Based Targets Initiative, to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) 11 percent by 2025 against our 2016 baseline. To date, we are the largest professional services company to make this type of commitment.
We are continually working to develop responsible solutions for further sustainable growth and intensify our focus on the efficiency of our business operations. These efforts include reducing our energy use and switching to renewable forms of power, as well as addressing air travel impact and supply chain sustainability.
To read more, see the blog post from Accenture Global Geographic Environment Services Lead Mike Nicholus.
Fostering our commitment
Accountability for our environmental strategy starts at the top and cascades to the governance bodies that oversee our environmental policy and corporate objective of fostering environmentally sustainable growth.
Reducing our environmental impact is ingrained in our Code of Business Ethics and our core values, specifically Stewardship. These ethics and values inform our Environmental Responsibility Policy, which our Environment Steering Group established in 2007 and reviews annually.
Reducing our carbon footprint
Since beginning our environmental journey in 2007, we have been reducing our emissions and focusing on environmentally responsible growth. In fact, we have cut our per-employee emissions in half during a ten-year period. Our efforts have helped us avoid more than 857,000 tons of CO2, save more than 1.57 million megawatt hours of electricity and generate more than $207 million in energy savings.
As we look toward the future and aim to further reduce our overall emissions 11 percent by 2025, we’re working to increase our purchases of renewable energy and to engage with our suppliers to help us reduce emissions from travel and other purchased good and services.
Reducing our environmental impact
We’ve achieved ISO® 14001 Environmental Management System-certification globally—and we’re setting our sights on doing more.From smart meters to renewable energy, we continue to assess and reduce our environmental impact at locations around the world.
Supporting client sustainability
We’re going beyond our own operations and helping our clients address their environmental footprints.
We have partnered with H&M Foundation and KTH Royal Institute of Technology since 2014 on the Global Change Award, an annual competition to find groundbreaking ideas to disrupt the fashion industry from a sustainability standpoint.
Enabling supplier sustainability
We are educating our suppliers on the benefits of sustainability—and increasing the number that monitor, measure and communicate their environmental impact.
Since 2010, we have invited a select group of suppliers to respond to CDP’s Supply Chain self-assessment questionnaire each year. Over the years, Accenture has significantly increased the number of suppliers we ask to participate in CDP’s reporting program. In 2018, 81 percent of our suppliers participated, well above CDP’s global average of 68 percent.
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