Accenture Recognized by CDP as Global Leader for Corporate Action on Climate Change
Dec 2, 2015
Company expands 2020 goals to further reduce environmental footprint
NEW YORK; Dec. 1, 2015 – For the second consecutive year, Accenture (NYSE:ACN) is recognized as a global leader for its actions and strategies in response to climate change and is named to the “Climate A List” by CDP, an international not-for-profit that drives sustainable economies. The “Climate A List” is produced at the request of 822 investors who represent more than a third of the world’s invested capital.
Accenture is also included on CDP’s “Climate Disclosure Leadership Index,” which represents the top 10 percent of S&P 500 companies based on the completeness and quality of their responses to CDP’s annual request for climate disclosures. Accenture received a disclosure score of 99 out of 100.
“Not only is accelerating the shift to a low-carbon economy good for the planet, it will drive economic growth and create jobs around the world,” said Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chairman & CEO. “I am extremely proud that CDP has recognized the ongoing commitment of Accenture and our people to help improve the way the world works and lives.”
Accenture expands 2020 environmental goals
Additionally, Accenture announced that it has set new goals to further reduce its environmental footprint by:
- Improving its energy efficiency by 30 percent against its 2007 baseline.
- Expanding to 75 percent the percentage of its key suppliers who disclose their targets and actions toward emissions reduction.
Earlier this year, the company announced a series of 2020 goals aimed at running more efficient operations to further reduce the company’s carbon emissions. By the end of fiscal 2020, Accenture will:
- Reduce its carbon emissions to an average of two metric tons per employee – representing a more than 50 percent reduction against its 2007 baseline.
- Begin to measure and report the impact of its work with clients and suppliers in key areas of sustainability.
Collaborating to advance sustainability
“There is no shortage of innovation and technology to address climate change, but there is a greater need to apply these at massive scale to have a meaningful impact,” Nanterme said. “Businesses and governments must collaborate to turn effective policy into bold, sustainable outcomes.”
Nanterme is one of more than 75 CEOs of global companies to join the World Economic Forum-facilitated CEO Climate Leadership Group. CEOs signed an open letter to world leaders urging a comprehensive, inclusive and ambitious climate deal at the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties 21 (COP 21).
Commitment to reporting and transparency
Accenture has responded to CDP’s Investor Program since 2007 and reports its non-financial performance each year through its Corporate Citizenship Report and key rankings programs. Accenture has been included on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and the FTSE4Good Global Index for 11 consecutive years, and ranked among Corporate Knights’ Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index in 2015.