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KPMG supports “Sign for my Future”

KPMG supports “Sign for my Future”

Today is the first day of Sign for my Future, a citizens' initiative that has grown to be the most comprehensive coalition ever of citizens, young people, business leaders, civil society, the media and academia, who have banded together to insist on a strong climate policy. KPMG supports this initiative and wishes to stimulate the business community to take concrete action to tackle global warming effectively.

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KPMG supports “Sign for my Future”

Sign now for our future on www.signformyfuture.be/kpmg.

Sign for my Future calls on our country's policy makers to do everything in their power to keep global warming well under 2°C, and in fact, to strive for 1.5°C, as specified in the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Koen Maerevoet, CEO of KPMG in Belgium: “Transition to a low carbon society is essential. This will lead to improved air quality and better health for us all. It's crucial that the business community make a contribution by investing in sustainable technology and implementing smart measures to reduce our CO2 emissions. I believe this transition will result in more activities and jobs within a sustainable, innovative economy”.

Concrete measures are needed

KPMG wants to make a contribution. “It is vital that ‘Sign for my Future’ becomes more than just a non-binding commitment. At KPMG we, and our 1300 employees with us, are taking action to tackle these challenges today,” states Maerevoet.

  • KPMG uses its mobility plan, with a financial incentive of EUR 5 per day, to encourage employees to travel to the office or a client via alternative means of transport. After twelve months, KPMG employees have already managed to drive 1.65 million fewer kilometers, which equates to a reduction in CO2 emissions for our country of 170 metric tons. 
  • Last year, KPMG moved to new offices in Zaventem and Antwerp-Berchem. Not only are these offices located at mobility hubs, making them easily accessible by public transport, they are also extremely energy efficient. The new offices at Brussels Airport score at the highest sustainability level in accordance with BREEAM certification. 
  • Other minor but effective measures have also been implemented, such as the transition to a paperless office and providing reusable mugs and water bottles to replace disposable plastic cups.

 

In addition to its own measures, KPMG also supports many other companies and organizations in doing business sustainably. For instance, it helps companies with their reporting of “non-financial information” – with a significant emphasis on environmental effects and climate impact. After all, a study last year by KPMG revealed that only 25% of Belgian companies actively address the topic of climate change in their reports. Koen Maerevoet: “Companies must realize that climate change forms both a corporate risk and one to our entire society. That's why it's important for all of us to place this at the top of our agendas.”

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