1. Our people
Our environmental strategy focuses on three areas:
- Engaging our people, leaders, partners and other stakeholders to lessen their environmental footprint
- Reducing our own carbon emissions and other impacts such as waste generation and water use
- Driving toward the low-carbon economy with our clients and suppliers
Our people have a key role at every stage.
This is part of our 360° value approach, which encourages everyone across the business to be leaders in stewardship of the social and environmental impact of their work. We want to embed consideration of social and environmental impacts into all our innovations, proposals and projects—as well as the core processes that underpin them. We’ll do this by equipping all our people with the skills to assess and prioritise the long-term consequences of our work.
In the U.K., our Earth Allies network aims to raise awareness and build skills through eco campaigns and impactful volunteering opportunities. They help to inspire our people to live and work more sustainably.
Earth Allies: We all feel a need to be greener now
2. Our clients
Environmental sustainability can drive value for our clients, while safeguarding the planet. Our research tells us a circular economy that eliminates waste has the potential to unlock 4.5 trillion dollars in value by 2030.
We conducted the largest global assessment of business contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, evaluating over 1,000 CEOs in 99 countries representing 21 industries. The report, titled "The Decade to Deliver: A Call to Business Action," highlights attitudes about the role of business and progress in global sustainability and human rights. Through partnerships, practice, research and innovation, we are working to increase awareness of sustainability solutions to grow understanding of the issues and change our business to address the climate crisis.
We have a dedicated team of experts who provide a range of sustainability services. They have worked on more than 350 sustainability projects over the last few years and their thought leadership earned Accenture the Financial Times top ranking for sustainability strategy for the past three years.
Our client initiatives include
COP26: Shaping, accelerating non-state action
Seconded two Accenture strategists to UNFCCC’s High-Level Climate Action Champions to help businesses and others deliver net-zero carbon commitments.
Telco vehicle fleet electrification strategy
Developed strategy for European Telco to electrify its large commercial vehicle fleet to meet an ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction target.
Carbon neutral road map for auto parts maker
Identified and quantified how to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030—modelling costs and carbon impact of measures including circular design.
The Green Cloud
By migrating their computing to the cloud, companies can cut both costs and carbon emissions, increasing profits while making the planet greener. Cloud computing services provided by third-party providers—public clouds—can reduce CO2 emissions by 59 million tonnes per year, which equates to taking 22 million cars off the road, according to Accenture’s Green Cloud research. Accenture runs 95% of its applications in the cloud and is committed to helping all companies become cloud-first.
The Circular Economy Handbook
We’re showing organisations how to innovate. The global climate crisis demands businesses move away from a "take, make, waste" system and instead adopt the circular economy where waste is eliminated and resources are continually re-used. Our UK-based sustainability experts’ The Circular Economy Handbook maps out a path to sustainable business. Released in January 2020, the book includes analysis of 1,500 case studies—300 of which are featured in the book to offer practical steps to the business community.
Fighting food waste through digital collaboration
In the UK, 6.7 million tonnes of food goes to waste every year. For The Felix Project, who redistribute surplus food to over 1000 charitable organisations, concentrating their resources in an efficient and cost effective manner has always been a challenge. Together with Avanade and Microsoft, Accenture developed RouteMe, a digital route planner that enables The Felix Project’s network of volunteer drivers to deliver more food where it’s needed most.
Watch the video to learn more about how we’ve provided this vital not-for-profit with a dynamic technological platform on which to grow, supporting them to reach their target of redistributing over 100 million meals by 2024.
Biodiversity: Beyond net zero
How do we find a balance between what humanity takes from nature and what we leave for future generations? As our approach to climate change evolves, so too must our investment in the ecosystem that sustains us. That’s why we are working with the business community in the run up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) to look beyond carbon emissions and help galvanize businesses to take urgent action to protect nature.
3. Our operations
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warned that unless the world heeds the commitment set in the Paris Climate Agreement, even half a degree rise in global temperature would significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for millions.
When it comes to our own footprint, we follow the same advice that we give our clients, working closely with our suppliers and investing responsibly to reduce the impact of our operations. We are committed to playing a leading role in the transition to the low-carbon economy.
Supplier engagement leader
Accenture plays a pivotal role in sparking change
Sustainable supply networks connect the dots in doing good for our planet and our communities, Global Procurement Sustainability Lead Ben Ngobi says.
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