We strive to maximize our firm’s positive impact on society, increase the trust of all our internal and external stakeholders and contribute to a thriving market economy. We aim to achieve this while making sustainable use of resources.
We recognize that we, as a company, have the potential to impact many lives, businesses and markets. We believe that a sustainable approach to corporate responsibility means creating shared value for both our business and our material stakeholders. That’s why our corporate responsibility initiatives focus on the three core topics of carbon footprint reduction, workplace of the future and innovation.
We want to make a positive contribution and lead by example. That starts with understanding and continuously monitoring what’s important to us and to our stakeholders. For this reason, we maintain an open dialogue and engage daily with our clients and people. We interact through various channels with our broader stakeholder groups such as regulators, governments, non-governmental organizations, and many others.
We seek to actively reduce the environmental impact of our operations. The key components of our approach are the management of greenhouse gas emissions and the reduction of energy and resources we use for the delivery of our services.
Energy and resource management
At KPMG Switzerland, it is our policy to purchase energy from sustainable sources such as hydro or wind wherever possible. Currently, approx. 90% of our electricity originates from renewable sources.
KPMG Switzerland participates in the Zurich Energy Model. All members share the common goal of increasing energy efficiency by a total of 43 percent by 2020 (compared to 2000).
We are also taking steps to reduce the resource intensity of our operations:
The Global Climate Response (GCR), KPMG International’s environmental program, sets specific carbon reduction targets for the global KPMG network. KPMG has achieved – and exceeded – its goal to reduce net carbon emissions per FTE by 10% between 2016 and 2019 (-13%).
Across the KPMG network, we understand that we play a critical role in helping to solve some of the world’s most complex problems. KPMG member firms play a leading role in helping organizations to meet the UN’s wider goals and objectives, including through our membership of the UN Global Compact (UNGC) since 2002. The UNGC is a voluntary framework for businesses to align their operations and strategies with 10 principles covering human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.
Besides our people’s private involvement in charitable organizations, community work or local clubs and associations, KPMG maintains a portfolio of audit relationships with a number of non-profit organizations, where we offer our services fully or partially pro-bono.
EcoVadis is a leading social responsibility rating organization. For 2019, we have been awarded a silver medal with 46 out of 100 points, which places us in the 52nd percentile within our industry. We are committed to continuously improving our score by developing our corporate responsibility program.