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Living Green Overview 

KPMG's Living Green program is a major pillar of our corporate responsibility platform, and represents our commitment to affecting change in our business operations to minimize the firm’s environmental profile, educating our people on sustainable behaviors, and continuing our focus on environmental stewardship in the communities in which we do business.


The outstanding results we have achieved through Living Green exemplify high performance and environmental stewardship as we strive to build a sustainable future for our business, our people, and the communities in which we live and work.

  • Environmental Commitment

    KPMG is committed to improving the environmental performance of its business which requires coordinated actions to minimize our carbon footprint, our consumption of natural resources and our generation of waste.

    To deliver environmental improvements we will:

    • Identify and measure key ways in which our business practices affect the

    • Adjust our training, procurement programs, incentive programs and work practices to
       better support our environmental goals and reduce our overall environmental impact

    • Engrain our environmental improvement programs into our business processes

    • Track and measure our progress

    We will promote broader environmental awareness among our people, our suppliers and our clients by:

    • Making information on environmental performance improvement options readily

    • Soliciting feedback and suggestions for performance improvement

    • Supporting environmental improvement at KPMG and in our communities

    • Communicating our challenges and progress in an annual environmental report

    To achieve this we will be environmentally responsible, focusing on continuous improvement in our business processes and practices. The Living Green Leadership Team will regularly review the status of implementation of this environmental commitment. For more information on our targets and programs, please contact us at


  • Delivering on our Commitment

    Using 21 key performance indicators to provide a clear and accurate picture of results achieved and areas where we need to focus our attention in the future, we are able to track and measure our progress. An environmental scorecard and carbon profile report are created at the national level and individually for each U.S. office, and provide the tools needed to manage performance and assist in creating action plans. In addition, KPMG voluntarily reports its environmental impact through the Carbon Disclosure Project, and our progress through the United Nationals Global Compact.

    2012 Program Highlights

    • A 500 kWh solar array was installed on our Montvale, NJ campus. Renewable Energy
      Certificates (RECs) generated by solar electricity have been sold to a third party and
      not retained.

    • Our Living Green team and Climate Change and Sustainability Advisory practice
      developed a tool to estimate carbon emissions for professional services delivered
      to clients.

    • KPMG has developed a green power procurement policy, formalizing our commitment
       to evaluate the purchase of RECs as part of LEED office construction and renovation

    • KPMG actively supports a wide variety of environmental projects at the local, national,
      and global level. One of many local projects involved Minneapolis’ Living Green team
      working with the City of St. Paul to plant 2,000 tree saplings along the Mississippi
      National River and Recreation Area.

    • KPMG is a proud sponsor of Enactus. Enactus is an international non-profit
      organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize
      university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the
      skills to become socially responsible business leaders.

  • Education and Employee Awareness and Engagement

    Our ability to educate and engage our people in our sustainability efforts is also important to our success. Since 2008, KPMG has sponsored Living Green Week, which coincides with Earth Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the firm’s program, and the ways our people can help us affect change.

    We have also taken Living Green to college campuses across the country through our sponsorship of the Living Green case study competition. Student teams were challenged to submit ideas and recommend improvements to address issues raised on their school’s environmental report card. The submissions were judged and awards given based upon predetermined criteria that included identifying a realistic and unique solution to a valid issue, feasibility of implementing the program, and measurability and degree of environmental impact the solution would realize.


  • Climate Change and Sustainability Services

    A focus on environmental sustainability is perhaps one of the simplest ways an organization can demonstrate its commitment to shared value. Not only do KPMG’s Climate Change & Sustainability Services practice professionals assist us with our own sustainability efforts; the practice also helps businesses around the world better understand the complex, evolving business and regulatory risks related to climate change and sustainability, and capitalize on the commercial opportunities those risks present.

    Learn more about KPMG’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services .


  • Future Actions and Goals

    KPMG has made a commitment that 100 percent of major office renovation and relocation projects will be LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). In addition, energy and water efficiency, along with innovative office design and space utilization for existing offices will be pursued to reduce our footprint. We have also set an aggressive five-year goal through 2015 to reduce KPMG’s overall carbon footprint by 10 percent per Full-Time Employee (FTE), building upon the reductions we have achieved to date.


  • Recognition for our Efforts

    KPMG is proud to have been recognized by several organizations for our environmental sustainability efforts including Sustainable Firm of the Year by International Accounting Bulletin, and was awarded IMEX’s Green Meeting Award for efforts to minimize the environmental impact of the Climate Change and Sustainability Summit held in New York in February 2012. In addition, KPMG was ranked second by Computerworld Magazine in their annual Top Green IT Organizations’ competition, received the 2012 Denver Certifiably Green Award, the 2011 St. Louis Green Business Challenge Award, 2011 Net Impact’s Force for Change Award, 2011 Technology Use in Sustainability Award, and the 2011 EPA’s ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power Award.

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