Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle 

With Living Green, KPMG is examining its environmental practices and ramping up efforts to improve them. It is a national effort that is most effective because it has captured the imaginations of people in the firm’s collective backyard - its local offices.

    By incorporating Living Green into KPMG’s decision-making process, as it focuses on continuous improvement in its business processes and practices, the firm has become more environmentally responsible. We are continuously identifying leading practices that encourage partners and employees to Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The 4Rs provide a foundation for the Living Green program and serve to build awareness around environmental concerns with our partners and employees, and assist in the identification of improvement opportunities.

     

    One of the key components of the Living Green program is the continuous education provided to our people through monthly tips on how to improve environmental performance both personally and professionally. Beyond this, many additional programs and new firmwide processes are in place. Following is a sampling of some of these activities.

     

    Rethink

    • Conducting meetings virtually and promoting the firm’s video conferencing technology as an alternative to travel
    • Eliminating bottled water from conference centers
    • Promoting the use of stairs versus elevators and escalators to curb energy use and get in shape as an added bonus

     

    Reduce

    • Turning off desk and office lights when leaving the office or conference rooms
    • Firmwide approach to power-saving settings on all computers
    • Scanning documents into a portable document format (PDF) to share electronically versus printing or sending through
    • Scanning documents to a portable document format (PDF) to share electronically
    • Printing double-sided whenever possible
    • Installing solar panels on the firm’s administrative headquarters’ campus

     

    Reuse

    • Donating used cell phones and glass frames to various charitable organizations
    • Using coffee mugs and water bottles instead of disposable cups
    • Promoting the use of rechargeable batteries
    • Collecting used office supplies (e.g., binders, pens, notepads, etc.) and redistributing

     

    Recycle

    • Collecting used batteries for proper disposal
    • Using designated recycle bins and shred bins for copy paper, newspapers, magazines, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and glass
    • Promoting the use of rechargeable batteries
    • Recycling used toner cartridges