Environmental sustainability: greening our operations around the globe
A healthy environment is important to our people and to our business. Ernst & Young’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice helps our clients and our communities move to a low-carbon way of operating and lower their costs in the process. Because we believe that any commitment to a greener world has to start at home, we’re also challenging ourselves to work in an environmentally responsible manner and to find new ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
We have adopted five initiatives to improve our impact on the environment worldwide:
- Measuring our own carbon footprint by collecting and analyzing data on energy consumption in our offices and business travel.
- Setting goals for Ernst & Young’s internal operations to promote environmentally sustainable business practices.
- Putting in place an environmentally responsible travel policy around the globe.
- Establishing leading practices/guidelines around waste management for our offices around the world.
- Making our meetings more environmentally friendly where ever they take place.
Below are several examples of the efforts we’re making to reduce our impact on the environment.
Day of Energy Conservation (Greater China)
Our Taiwan practice began by encouraging everyone to turn off the office lights for one hour during lunch every Friday. This was so successful they are now extending their “lights out” lunch to every working day.
Environment Champions (UK)
In order to encourage a green mindset in Ernst & Young’s people, our UK practice has enlisted the help of volunteers on every floor to be “environment champions” and to educate their peers about leading practices related to reducing waste and energy use.
Educating the next generation about sustainability and corporate responsibility (Japan)
Kazutaka Okubo, our Area Corporate Responsibility Leader and Climate Change and Sustainability Services leader for Japan, is an active contributor to the public debate on how to curb greenhouse gas emissions. He’s been able to expand the reach of his message by teaching courses on corporate responsibility and sustainability in the universities, reaching more than 10,000 people each year.
Sustainability Reporting (Germany)
Using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as a guideline, our German practice published a sustainability report that included a inventory of all corporate responsibility activities, key indicators and short, medium and long-term goals. Ernst & Young was the first accounting and audit firm in Germany to publish such a report.
US Green Building Council (United States)
The USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for the US through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Ernst & Young is teaming with the organization on its Green Schools campaign, with the goal of greening all US schools within a generation.
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