Biodiversity—the rich variety of living things on Earth—is crucial for healthy ecosystems and a healthy planet. However, much of the world’s biodiversity is at risk due to climate change, human consumption, and other impacts on nature—that is, the physical world including plants, animals, the landscape, oceans, and other features of the earth. According to the World Economic Forum, 50% of global GDP is dependent on nature. This means disruptions to the Earth’s ecosystems could affect our current way of life. It also means that organizations have an important role to play in protecting nature.
In translating our environmental ambitions into action, Deloitte considers environmental matters widely, including examining our impact on nature and biodiversity. Our organization supports nature-positive solutions and is assessing impacts throughout our value chain.
To help address and mitigate our organization’s impacts, we are developing a global nature and biodiversity strategy. Deloitte also continues to accelerate our efforts to support nature and biodiversity in the areas of real estate and purchased goods and services.
We are taking a closer look at our real estate around the world—analyzing our buildings and choices for fit-outs, furnishings, and other elements—to identify opportunities to minimize impacts on nature. In addition, we are evaluating practices across our Deloitte University facilities to provide recommendations on operational and behavioral changes to help protect nature and biodiversity.
Deloitte is addressing our supply chain impacts and implementing measures to promote a sustainable, circular economy. This includes seeking to promote positive nature impacts through more responsible choices. As part of this effort, we launched Products with Purpose, a catalog of branded promotional items that adhere to a set of sustainable supply chain guidelines, including impacts to nature.
Deloitte firms are advancing a number of initiatives to help protect complex environments and address the particular risks to biodiversity in their regions, including:
This past April, Deloitte people from around the world came together to celebrate Earth Month and take action, especially around nature and biodiversity. For example:
As a global organization with approximately 457,000 people around the world, we understand how individual choices can add up to powerful collective action. We help raise awareness and inspire action with internal webinars such as “Know nature. Boost biodiversity,” which focuses on biodiversity impacts and how each of us can help. World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF’s) “What is biodiversity?” and other collaborative educational opportunities provide further insights to Deloitte people and showcase examples of how protecting wildlife around the world can benefit local environments.
We support Deloitte clients in their efforts to assess their impact and prioritize nature and biodiversity. This includes sharing insights and actionable guidance from throughout our organization, such as:
Through the challenges and uncertainties of the past year, Deloitte has strengthened credibility and trust with stakeholders by consistently living our purpose.
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