Environmental stewardship

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We create value for our business and our communities by respecting the environment, and understanding and reducing our impact on the world around us. We also create value for clients through PwC’s sustainability and climate change practices.


Our overarching ambition is to minimise the environmental impact of the PwC network and demonstrate our commitment externally through appropriate reporting.

As a provider of professional services PwC has a relatively low environmental footprint but believes good environmental stewardship is part of an organisation’s licence to operate.

Many PwC firms are working to develop more environmentally-efficient business practices for their own operations. Most PwC firms are managing their environmental impact by understanding and then mitigating their greatest impacts such as carbon measurement and reporting, and many are putting in place behavioural change programmes.

However, our greatest potential for influence is to impact the environment positively through our work with clients.

To learn more about our commitment to environmental stewardship please see our CR commitments page.

We’re creating new client services. With a global network of 700 people in our Sustainability and Climate Change practice, we are a leading advisor on sustainability, climate change and green growth. Consultancy teams from across the PwC network also get involved in global events such as the UN Climate Summits, World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

We’re creating a new language for business decisions: In 2011 PwC UK and PwC Germany helped PUMA to become the world’s first company to produce an environmental profit and loss account. In doing so we helped to establish a reporting milestone that encouraged other businesses to connect financial and environmental performance. In FY13 we went a step further and released 'Measuring and managing total impact: A new language for business decisions’ which explores why business needs total impact measurement, how to do it and the benefits of embedding it into decision making. This helped to showcase ‘Total Impact Measurement & Management’ (TIMM), the framework we’ve developed with our clients to provide the total perspective on business impacts, including GHGs and other air emissions, water pollution, waste, and land and water use.

We’ve reported our GHG emissions: FY 2013 was the first year that we were able to report publicly on our network’s GHG emissions. With this second year of emissions reporting completed, we now have comparative data and can begin better understand and look at trends within our network, essential steps towards setting a network-wide emissions reduction target.

We’re supporting the creation of new water management methods. PwC is a signatory to the UNGC CEO Water Mandate, a public–private initiative that aims to assist companies in the development, implementation, and disclosure of sustainability policies and practices around water. PwC decided to support these aims in the way that will have maximum impact: by contributing our knowledge and water subject matter expertise to support the more than 120 corporate signatories to the Water Mandate in a project designed to unify the field of voluntary corporate water disclosure.

We’re creating new sustainable office environments. For example, in addition to its BREEAM outstanding rated 7 More London, office building, PwC UK has recently completed the refurbishment of its Embankment Place office which has scored the highest ever BREEAM rating in the UK. Other PwC firms' offices that meet environmental ‘gold standard’ or higher are Atlanta, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Prague, Shenzen and Toronto.

We're engaging our people - Employee participation is critical to reaching our carbon reduction goal, as a majority of our emissions relate to air travel and commuting, factors that employees can influence.  PwC US’ network of Green Teams drives the firm’s broad environmental stewardship strategy at the individual, office, and market level. Since 2013, 18 Green Teams competed in PwC US' annual Green Challenge, building a network of over 2100 members.  Their initiatives recycled over 1.2 million items and/or pounds, impacted over 800 students and educators through community outreach events, and had a significant hand in educating partners and staff about virtual collaboration tools and office recycling programs. As a result, Green Teams are more connected and, through our national programs, more focused on driving long-term change at the local level..

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