Environmental equity and sustainability

We’re committed to supporting a more equitable and sustainable planet.

Driven by our purpose, we feel a deep obligation and commitment to help address the root causes of climate change and reduce the environmental footprint of our own operations. This work is fundamental to the future of thriving societies and requires a broad coalition. We are in a unique position to bring together our community of solvers with diverse stakeholders — across the spectrum of industries and demographics — to advance change.

Our plan to achieve net zero

As part of the PwC Global Network—and because it’s critical to how we aim to drive systemic change when it comes to sustainability—we strive to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This is supported by near-term science-based targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). We’ll achieve our 2030 aspirations in the same deliberate and measured way as we address our other commitments—by implementing a series of consistent and connected actions that are collaborative with our client, supplier and community stakeholders.

Our six net zero focus areas

Creating and maintaining sustainable offices

Our offices are another way our purpose, brand and culture come to life. They’re a key part of how we present ourselves to our people, our clients and the world. That’s why we’re striving to make them more sustainable. 83% of our office space is located in LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings — demonstrating our efforts to drive energy efficiency and environmental design. Our waste management practices also reflect the work we’re doing to have a more sustainably-minded culture. 99% of our office spaces have recycling facilities and 25% provide compost bins. In 93% of our office space, we have removed deskside bins and steered our people to use consolidated waste hubs to increase recycling and reduce landfill waste.

Climate and environmental equity-focused relationships

We’ve been working with the broader corporate and nonprofit communities to build new climate and environmental equity-focused relationships. As part of the Global Network, PwC has signed The Climate Pledge to reinforce our pledge to produce net zero GHG emissions and enable a more sustainable planet. The Climate Pledge was co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism and is a commitment to reach net-zero carbon by 2040. Sustainability continues to be a top priority at PwC, and a driving force of how we operate our business and advise our clients. Signing The Climate Pledge reinforces our practice of regular reporting, GHG reduction, and neutralizing emissions with credible offsets.

Additional key collaborations include:

  •  The LEAF Coalition, a public-private effort to protect tropical forests.
  • Carbon Call, to uncover and address gaps in the existing global carbon accounting systems.
  • The World Economic Forum’s First Movers Coalition, a coalition of companies using their purchasing power to create early markets for innovative clean technologies across eight hard-to-abate sectors.
  • The World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition, to help the world transition to sustainable aviation fuels.

Our FY23 Purpose and Inclusion Report 

As a firm, we have an important role to engage in efforts supporting a more sustainable planet, and we’re taking a multifaceted approach to reduce our environmental impact and build resilience in communities disproportionately impacted by climate change. In this year’s Purpose and Inclusion Report, we fully discuss the details of our own environmental strategy to address carbon reduction and environmental sustainability.

Read the report

Goodbye theory, hello action

Building a sustainable business is about making a tangible difference — cultivating smarter business for a stronger world. You want to drive value and fuel growth while strengthening our environment and society. Our teams are ready to help you build greater resilience and trust by making strategic moves to manage your environmental, climate and social impacts; and by addressing regulations, investments and metrics across ESG (environmental, social and governance) opportunities.

Learn how our PwC professionals help clients with their reporting and sustainability strategies, powered by technology, to manage risk and address opportunities.

Sustainability and ESG services 


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Shannon Schuyler

Shannon Schuyler

Principal, PwC US

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