Committed to minimizing ecological impact
If the Deloitte network was a sovereign state, its population would be larger than almost a quarter of the countries and dependent territories on Earth. That many people are bound to have a measurable influence on the environment. Deloitte's goal is to lessen that impact and promote environmental sustainability.
Member firms also work vigorously to advance this agenda with their clients. Deloitte member firms have more than 800 sustainability specialists helping clients transition to sustainable business models and practices that will deliver top- and bottom-line financial growth for the long term.
We walk the transparency talk with our clients in capital markets by reporting on climate change risks, opportunities, actions and performance in our response to the CDP's (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) 2013 Investor and Supplier climate change questionnaires. Deloitte's environmental impact mainly comes from the business travel we do and our office buildings. During FY2013 Deloitte increased by 50% the number of member firms reporting greenhouse gas emissions using environmental management software; member firms using this cloud-based system now represent over 55% of aggregate member firm revenue. In FY2013 our network's absolute emissions increased, but our emissions per full time equivalent has remained relatively constant over the past four years.
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Many member firms also are actively pursuing sustainability initiatives, both inside and outside their physical office spaces.
Deloitte Australia, along with their Deloitte Digital team, developed an iPhone app that promotes car pooling and taxi sharing across the firm for its people. GreenRide™ integrates with the internal social media platform Yammer, and users can search for nearby rides or create their own rides by selecting the meeting point, mode of transport, and available seats. The app can even calculate the approximate carbon emissions saved.
Deloitte Canada introduced secure printing and purchased new printers to minimize waste. To date, the firm has reduced printing from 101 million imprints to 89 million.
Deloitte Chile's new corporate office is being built using LEED certification guidelines. It is the first building in Latin America to measure its carbon footprint for the construction process and the life cycle of the building materials.
Deloitte Denmark's Energy Lean program promotes energy optimization, retrofitting and renewable energy. It contributed to a 49 percent reduction in the firm's carbon footprint and the service is being offered as Energy Lean to customers in the Public and Private sector.
Deloitte Finland is reducing office space and investing in more sustainable ways of working. Expected benefits include a 36 percent savings in annual real estate costs and a 40 percent decrease in its carbon footprint.
Deloitte India and Deloitte U.S. India support the annual Monsoon Regatta, held to raise awareness of the need to clean and improve the quality of Husain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad.
Deloitte LATCO (Ecuador) donates recyclable paper, cardboard, and plastic to an organization called "Fundación Hermano Miguel" (Brother Miguel Foundation), which uses money received from recycling the materials to support a hospital and care center where 700 patients are treated monthly.
Deloitte UK teamed up with the social enterprise GiveMeTap to provide Deloitte UK offices with 5,000 reusable water bottles to reduce the 200,000 plastic cups that were thrown away every week. Proceeds from the water bottles fund GiveMeTap's sustainable water, sanitation, and irrigation projects across the globe.
In January 2013, DTTL and the U.S. firm's offices at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification at the Gold level for Commercial Interiors. "LEED certification was a critical consideration when moving into this new office space," says Tracey Edwards, Deloitte Global Business Services Leader and Chief Knowledge Officer. "The design of our newly renovated office space promotes many environmental benefits, such as energy and carbon reductions."