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