As an organisation involved in the economic fabric of Southern Africa, serving clients from the entire commercial spectrum, Deloitte experiences first hand the challenges facing the environment.
For us climate change is a major issue. It is a concern that demands action. Every corporate citizen, regardless of their sphere of activity, must play their part in ensuring a sustainable future.
The Deloitte commitment to environmental sustainability is firmly embedded in the ethos of the firm through our Shared Values and the Deloitte Way.
We recognise that it is our responsibility to minimise the impact of our buildings, our operations and our services on the environment. We believe that making this commitment work requires that we follow a fully integrated approach to environmental management.
Beginning the journey to sustainability
We have begun the journey by examining how we consume energy and other resources in our daily activities.
Taking a leadership stance on the environment requires that everyone at Deloitte is committed to contributing to a sustainable environment. Our support began at Board level, where the former Sustainability Committee of the Board approved environmental sustainability as one of the firm's
10 corporate citizenship focus areas.
A focused environmental policy
As a Deloitte focus area, our environmental policy has been developed and formalised. Key attributes of this policy are:
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. These include: