We’re proud to be the largest professional services company with a goal aligned to the Science Based Targets Initiative. Our ambitious climate action goals are to achieve net-zero emissions, net-zero waste and plan for water risk by 2025.
We have a clear governance structure to direct us toward achieving our goals. Effective December 2020, we appointed a Chief Responsibility Officer and Global Sustainability Services Lead; this is a newly created role with a primary focus on both client and corporate sustainability.
In 2021, we instituted a newly structured Environmental Sustainability Executive Committee accountable for approving strategic global decisions aligned to Accenture’s corporate environmental sustainability commitments and growth objectives.
In the past year, we also launched our new Environmental Steering Committee, Environmental Operating Committee and Integrated ESG Reporting Steering Group. These groups meet regularly to monitor our environmental performance and identify improvement areas.
Over the past few years, the UK Early Talent Recruitment Team has been growing increasingly conscious of the environmental impacts of our recruiting activities. Before the beginning of the pandemic, we had already started taking steps towards more sustainable practices.
In early 2020 we seized the opportunity to innovate and create a fully virtual assessment experience for our candidates. Instead of travelling to one of our offices for an assessment centre our candidates are now assessed to the same high standard in the comfort of their own homes. Not only has this opened opportunities for a wider range of candidates, but it has also had a positive environmental impact as this has resulted in a huge reduction in travel, both by the team and by candidates, and also significantly reduced waste as all of the instructions and handouts are now distributed virtually.
Our onboarding is also fully virtual; we share digital resources with the new joiners and when they join they are able to participate in virtual reality sessions during their induction to engage with colleagues and other new joiners.
Whilst we had already started reducing the number of in-person events we attended, over the past year and a half 100% of our events have been delivered virtually. By doing so we’ve also used no printed materials in the process and have been able to recycle old banners. We want to retain this progress by digitising all our content moving forward and making everything accessible online even when we return to some face-to-face events.
We are committed to implementing environmental practices into our recruiting process and fostering environmental awareness and responsibility within our team.
Looking into the future, we will –
We’re excited to be part of the change and we look forward to continually transforming and improving our recruitment processes and reducing our environmental footprint.