Every day, we know the decisions we make have an impact on our environment. Reducing our footprint by using resources responsibly helps us increase efficiency, save money, and attract and retain clients and employees.
That’s why we’re committed to big goals. More than three years ago we set a series of goals to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and water usage by 20 percent per person and to divert 90 percent of waste sent to landfills by 2020, compared to a 2012 baseline. We were proud to achieve these goals three years ahead of schedule, reducing our carbon impact by 33 percent, water usage by 21 percent and diversion from landfill by 90 percent.
But we know there's more work to do. We‘re taking a long-term view and developing strategies to achieve science-based targets for greenhouse gas emissions. These are targets consistent with limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius, the threshold at which many of the most harmful impacts of climate change can be averted. Our goal is a 30 percent global reduction in GHG emissions by 2025 (measured per square meter).
With our Risk Assessment Management Program (RAMP), we’re expanding our dialogue with worldwide partners so our supply chain has a low risk of environmental impact. We've built environmental and social factors into our vendor selection, including:
- Policies covering equal opportunity, child or forced labor, health and safety, slavery and human trafficking, and human rights
- Supplier and subcontractor audits for social compliance
- Anti-corruption, and gifts and entertainment
- Environmental certification
- Diversity and hiring practices
Our employees want to know what we’re doing as a company to reduce our environmental impact, and they want to know what they can do to help.
Our Environmental Sustainability Employee Network is a resource group made up of passionate employees around the world who are focused on reducing our company’s environmental impact. The network serves as a communication tool for employees to share ideas and activities, and it helps management give and receive information about our corporate sustainability goals and initiatives.
In addition to hosting Sustainability Speaker Series events and volunteer activities across the globe, the network actively engages employees via the Green Your Team platform. Employees use this internal web-based tool to create teams and track their sustainability actions to quantify our positive impact on the environment. It measures the items that support our corporate sustainability goals – reduction of carbon, water, and waste – by encouraging employees to focus on tasks like commuting, electricity use and recycling. And it provides solutions to help employees reduce consumptions and emissions. Teams compete for awards and recognition by completing the most tasks on the list.
All of these efforts will continue to expand internationally as employees seek more ways to positively impact our environment.