Practical steps towards environmental sustainability
Our stated objective is to measure our carbon footprint every year and ensure that our impact on the evironment is reduced. Practically, the use of electricity has been reduced through the installation of motion light detectors, and air conditioners in some offices have been fitted with cut-out timers. We have set out to achieve our goal by gaining the support of everyone at Deloitte for various activities.
Lee Swan’s professional passion may be sustainability and climate change, but few would go to the lengths she recently did to prove her commitment. In 2011, she became the first African-born woman to win the Polar Race, literally walking the talk of our firm’s Sustainability and Climate Change practice.
Returning triumphantly from the biggest challenge of her life, Lee, a manager in our Sustainability and Climate Change team, says her experience has made her more determined than ever to help make South African business understand the opportunities and risks in sustainability and climate change.
The Polar Race is a test of endurance, a race of passion and a challenge of inner strength. Known as “probably the world’s toughest race”, it starts from Resolute Bay in the former North West Territories of Canada. It takes the contestants some 650 km, by ski or foot, across some of the most desolate terrain in the world, until these brave explorers reach the finish line, namely the 1996 certified position of the Magnetic North Pole.
On 28 April, after 22 days of walking, Lee reached the Magnetic North Pole.
With the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP17) held in Durban in November 2011, Lee’s success in this race truly demonstrated our brand is Always One Step Ahead.”“Right from the beginning, I believed strongly that this was the way to help focus the minds of clients and staff on my professional passion: the need for regulatory certainty around sustainability and climate change so that business can respond. I also wanted to use my personal growth journey to raise funds for the Leap Science and Maths School. It was a