Promoting a circular economy
We integrate circular thinking into everything we do.
We'll become a zero-waste business, eliminating all avoidable waste from our operations, by 2030.
In 2019, we introduced our single-use plastic commitment, focused on reducing our consumption of single-use plastics and integrating circular thinking into everything we do. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, we had taken great steps towards achieving our plastic commitment. We engaged and collaborated with our suppliers and colleagues to design solutions that help us to reduce, re-use and recycle:
We've made good progress in delivering against our plastic commitment and in reducing our levels of waste, water consumption and paper use too. However, with the pandemic re-shaping the way we live and work, we know we need to manage our environmental footprint differently. We're committed to reducing the environmental impact of our offices and in doing so, we'll become a zero-waste business, eliminating all avoidable waste from our operations, by 2030.
1. Purchased goods and services data is reported a year in arrears. Data is obtained through our participation in the annual CDP climate change questionnaire and extrapolated to cover our total supply chain based on supplier spend. This data is reported and validated in the CDP process
2. The waste data that we report on is based on data provided from our approved waste management contractors. Data is provided on a monthly basis and for individual waste streams including general waste, dry mixed recycling, confidential paper disposal and waste associated with refurbishment activities in our office spaces. Weight data for scheduled collections of general waste and dry mixed recycling are based on industry averages for container sizes, multiplied by the number of collections made.
Recycling data includes recyclable material collected from site, supported with documentation confirming the material status as recyclable, subsequently treated as recyclable material without contamination and reported to KPMG as recycled.
Waste sent for Energy from Waste (EfW) is excluded from recycling data and documentation is provided to support EfW as the end fate of waste material collected from site classified as general waste.
3. Water data relates to consumption of water through actual data from metered supplies. Where actual data does not exist or where data is extrapolated this is estimated based on the typical consumption of a KPMG office using known data sets.
4. Paper data relates to number of sheets of paper purchased within the reporting period substantiated by procurement records.