In late 2007, KPMG launched its Living Green program as part of its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility to reduce the firm's carbon footprint, the amount of waste generated and the natural resources consumed. Through local office Living Green Teams, the firm has been able to harness the power and passion of its people at a grassroots level to implement and drive environmental programs and policy changes that enhance KPMG's sustainability efforts. KPMG is committed to the environmental mantra known as the 4Rs: Rethink, Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.
KPMG partners and employees are central to our efforts, driving local initiatives such as recycling programs, engaging with city-wide environmental programs, and hosting volunteer events during KPMG's annual Living Green Week.
The 4Rs provide a foundation for Living Green and are put at the forefront of business decisions to create change in the way KPMG conducts its business. KPMG has experienced phenomenal success in a short period of time with Living Green.
KPMG has achieved a 26 percent reduction in its carbon footprint through 2009, exceeding the firm's stated three-year commitment of a 25 percent reduction in just two years. The firm reduced its carbon footprint by 20 percent between 2008 and 2009, and 6 percent between 2007 and 2008. During the course of the Living Green program, KPMG has:
- reduced electricity consumption by 9 percent
- reduced paper consumption by 33 percent
- Increased the percentage of recycled paper used by 85 percent
Milestones achieved at both the national and local levels include the following:
- Built a data center at the firm's administrative headquarters in Montvale, New Jersey powered by 14 gas micro-turbines which generate 70% of the power needed.
- Recycling every laptop, monitor and printer, for both reuse and disposal of toxic materials, while implementing server virtualization which involves using one computer server to do the work of many. Server virtualization has prevented the emission of over 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
- Earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), for our office in San Diego, Silver certifications in Nashville and Orange County, California, and Gold certification in Boston and Charlotte.
Living Green has helped KPMG better understand the need to adapt to climate change and invest in sustainable, eco-friendly business initiatives. Thanks to the commitment of firm leadership and the support of our 20,000 plus people nationwide, we are helping change the environment in which we live and work for the better.
And on our new Living Green website, we continue the dialogue about the importance of sustainability and the firm's commitment to protecting and preserving the environment. Browse through the site and learn more about our program and ways you can reduce your carbon footprint.