Deloitte supply chains cross multiple industries and regions of the world. Because more than two-thirds of Deloitte’s aggregate emissions are derived from purchased goods and services, our WorldClimate strategy includes a specific focus on developing more sustainable supply chains.
Assessing, managing and reducing supply chain emissions
As part of Deloitte’s WorldClimate initiative, in FY2022 we continued to expand on previous years’ supply chain sustainability activities. Efforts to assess, manage and reduce supply chain emissions are underway across Deloitte’s major purchasing categories, and include implementation of sustainability-related request for proposal (RFP) questions and contract language. These improvements include introducing WorldClimate-specific requirements with our suppliers, such as setting science-based targets, and category-specific ESG-related items such as recycling and electricity-use standards.
In support of these goals, Deloitte Global has established a Procurement Sustainability team, with the express purpose of driving sustainability solutions in Deloitte supply chain and procurement processes.
Carbon emission reporting by suppliers
Deloitte’s outreach to our global supply base for carbon emission reporting has more than doubled for FY2022, to over 400 suppliers. Continuing to use the CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) platform, Deloitte has engaged our largest suppliers to report their emissions through this centralized climate-focused reporting mechanism. Deloitte was named a CDP Supplier Engagement Leader in 2021 in recognition of these efforts.
Initiatives of this kind help Deloitte to calculate our emissions with greater precision and identify which suppliers we should engage with directly. These initiatives also help to lay the foundation for Deloitte's 2025 goal of having two-thirds of our suppliers (by emissions) set science-based targets.
Beyond outreach, collaboration for emissions intensity reduction is a defining aspect of our plan for making Deloitte’s supply chain more sustainable. For example, Deloitte US entered into Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) agreements with several airlines to help achieve carbon reductions, and Deloitte is among the first organizations to account for SAF purchases in their impact reporting. We are also actively investigating other innovative means of reducing our organization’s travel emissions, as well as helping to accelerate SAF usage more broadly through our involvement in the World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition and First Movers’ Coalition.
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