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Sustainability Matters

Sustainability Matters

Sustainability is an integral component of our KPMG Social Impact strategy.

Sustainability is integral to our strategy.

Sustainability Matters

KPMG is committed to working towards a more sustainable future. This means that we aim to understand, manage and minimize the impact of our business activities on the environment. We also support environmental initiatives in the communities in which we operate and encourage KPMG people to consider their impacts on the environment.

Our program includes efforts to minimize our operational impacts (e.g. purchasing, office space, resource use and travel), engage our people to be aware of and involved in environmental issues, and work with sustainability focused non-profit organizations.

Our commitment to the environment and reducing our footprint is laid out in our Environmental Guidelines [PDF 282 KB]. The guidelines provide a clear vision for sustainability at KPMG so that we can help our people feel empowered to make a difference.

Key sustainability highlights

Awards

KPMG has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers 11 years in a row.

Green Office Space

KPMG strives to provide a work environment conducive to high productivity, effective collaboration and environmental efficiency. KPMG has built or renovated 12 buildings across the country to the LEED Gold Standard or equivalent. Currently, 31 percent of our office space has been built to these standards.

Workplace of the Future

Our workplace of the future program is a bold statement about the future work environment at KPMG; it is a flexible and collaborative environment where our people can think, act and deliver differently through design and top of class technology. Our office in Vaughan, which opened in 2016, features many leading edge examples, such as hoteling workstations, Bluetooth-connected laptops and headsets that have replaced phones, keyboards run on solar power, and other energy- and paper-saving measures, such as motion-sensor lighting and dual monitor-equipped workstations.

Purchasing

KPMG is working with its suppliers to incorporate sustainable purchasing best practices.

Examples:

  • We are working with the provider of our KPMG branded items to incorporate sustainable purchasing criteria, provide special branding to identify key items, and to increase the percentage of offerings that meet those sustainable standards.
  • All our photocopy paper is EcoLogo certified, processed Chlorine Free (PCF), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified, and made using biogas energy (methane from a landfill site).

Sustainability in our communities

Many of our offices support local sustainability organizations and initiatives, and even more KPMG people volunteer their time to support environmental causes.