Environment: At DTT member firms 2007/2008
Environmental management structures
- In 2007, Deloitte China formed a National Environmental Management Taskforce (EMT), the aim of which is to identify and implement policies, processes, and practices allowing Deloitte China to deliver efficient and effective services to clients while reducing the member firm's carbon footprint. For more information, visit Deloitte China's Community Report.
Good environmental practices
Across the organization, DTT and its member firms continue to look for ways to reduce their environmental impacts at conferences and meetings. Examples include off-setting carbon emissions from travel to and from the meeting venue, posting conference materials online rather than distributing printed hand-outs, selecting meeting venues and hotels committed to sustainable development, and limiting power use to a minimum.
- In line with this strategy, the DTT 2008 World Meeting in California had a distinctly green profile. The meeting was held at the Fairmont Hotel & Resorts known for its Eco-Meet program; there, delegates were served local/organic food and beverages, and leftover food and toiletries were donated to a local shelter. In addition, meeting materials were made available online rather than printed, there was minimal use of disposable paper and plastic materials, and products made of recycled materials were used as extensively as possible.
- At Deloitte France some service lines routinely ask clients in proposals whether they are happy to receive printed documents in black and white rather than in color as a way to protect the environment.
- In May 2008, Deloitte UK was listed on the Sunday Times 50 Best Green Companies list. The member firm's " Green Agenda" encourages employees to avoid unnecessary travel by, for example, car-sharing or using public transport. Employees receive eco-awareness training, and more than 50 Green Champions spread across the Deloitte UK offices promote the member firm's green initiatives. An e-mail forum has been introduced for all member firm people to provide feedback and suggestions for new initiatives. The UK member firm has increased general recycling by 40 percent in a year and reduced its carbon footprint by 21 percent over the past 18 months. One hundred percent of energy purchased by the member firm is now classified as dark green (from solar, wind, and other renewable sources).
- In 2007, Deloitte Australia launched a “Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory" to measure the member firm's CO2 emissions. Air travel and electricity consumption were identified as the primary sources of emissions. For 2006/07, the member firm emitted 13,408 tons of CO2-e, or 3.58 tons of CO2-e per employee. The goal for FY08 was to stabilize the GHG inventory per person at FY07 levels in spite of record growth and to agree an ongoing reduction target. The member firm is currently conducting its second GHG review which will establish whether the goal was achieved. Also, in 2008/2009 Deloitte Australia’s second largest office (1,400+ people) is relocating to an A Grade building designed to achieve a 5-star Green Star Rating as well as a 4.5 Star Australian Building Greenhouse Rating.
- In 2007, Deloitte Belgium launched the "Greening the Green Dot" initiative which aims to reduce Deloitte Belgium’s CO2 emissions by 25 percent by 2012. The member firm asked employees for ideas on how to reduce the firm's CO2 emissions and received 145 excellent suggestions. Twenty five of these were used in the member firm's “green agenda.” The member firm expects to achieve the 25 percent reduction target in three ways: by building awareness and changing everyday behavior, by using new technology such as hybrid cars or energy-saving light bulbs, and by innovating through, for example, the installation of solar panels on office building roofs or buying green energy.
- Since 2006, Deloitte France has awarded the recycling of its paper to a company that has a social reintegration policy. To more than meet the legal obligations, Deloitte selected this company for its contribution to the CEDRE program (Creating sustainable jobs in recycling and the environment).
- In January 2008, Deloitte U.S. Firms* initiated an Office Greening initiative across the member firm's 106 U.S. offices. Volunteer Green Office Champions were put in place to enhance green awareness building, and two Web tools allowing offices and individual employees to register their environmental footprints were launched. Six months after the launch of the initiative, 20,000 employees (40 percent of the Deloitte U.S. Firms'* workforce) had registered their environmental footprint and the workforce continues to embrace the initiative with enthusiasm. The comprehensive environmental program covers energy, paper, and product consumption; waste reduction and recycling; business transport and travel; and awareness building. Performance and progress are measured on a monthly basis.
- In May 2007, Deloitte Netherlands provided all of its employees with an NS Business Card, a device that simplifies use of the train and helps reduce the use of (lease) cars. All Deloitte Netherlands employees and authorized representatives can use the NS Business Card for business train journeys. It increases staff mobility by bypassing traffic congestion, shortens travel hours, and avoids parking problems. Deloitte Netherlands aims to transfer 10 percent of kilometers driven by car to the public transport system within three years.
- Deloitte UK launched a Green Agenda awareness campaign which included around 1,000 people viewing the film An Inconvenient Truth at screenings across Deloitte UK offices. Each screening was introduced by members of the Deloitte UK Executive who outlined what the member firm was doing to reduce its carbon footprint.
- Deloitte U.S. Firms* announced the investment of approximately $300 million in the creation of a state-of-the-art learning and leadership development center in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in Westlake, Texas. Construction on the new facility will begin in 2009 and the center is expected to open in 2011. The campus will be constructed according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council. Green considerations are a top priority for all aspects of this project, including design, materials, engineering, and supplies.
- Deloitte Argentina was recognized by the Council of Professional Engineering for a change in lighting design in one of the member firm's offices, resulting in reduced eletricity consumption. At the same time, staff members were encouraged to apply the same principles in their own homes.
- Deloitte Spain recycles all printer cartridges and 80 percent of paper used in the member firm's offices are recycled. Due to ongoing efforts to green office practices, the member firm was also able to reduce the amount of paper used by more than 13,000 kilograms compared to 2006.
- Deloitte Macedonia introduced electronic communications as the preferred way of internal member firm communications over printed materials, and by recycling all printer cartridges.
*As used in this reporting, "Deloitte U.S. Firms" means Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries.
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