Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

Striving to build a sustainable future for our business, our people, and our communities.

Striving to build a sustainable future for our business, our people, and our communities.

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Commitment

At KPMG, we’re always focused on the long-term impacts of our decisions. That’s why environmental sustainability is a core component of KPMG’s corporate responsibility strategy.

Implementing environmentally sustainable principles, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and addressing local environmental challenges adds value for our clients and reflects the integrity and ethics of our professionals.

We demonstrate our commitment in various ways, including working with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees to celebrate new hires, volunteering to build renewable energy solutions and cleaning up beaches to promote ocean conservation.

Environmental Goal

KPMG’s goal is a 10-percent carbon footprint reduction per full-time-equivalent employee by year-end 2020, from a 2015 baseline. A key strategy is our focus on energy efficiency and alternatives to air travel, which represent 75 percent of our carbon footprint.

KPMG also joined the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge and committed to purchase 100-percent renewable energy for our offices by 2020.

Environmental Performance

In 2010, KPMG set a five-year goal to cut net emissions by 10 percent per full-time equivalent (FTE) against a 2010 baseline. In 2015 we exceeded that goal—cutting our carbon footprint by 26 percent per FTE. That number reflects active management of our direct emissions and indirect emissions from electricity consumption and air and car travel. Learn more about our environmental metrics and methodology.

LEED Offices

KPMG’s 32 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified offices total more than 1.8  million square feet and house more than half of our employees. LEED offices continue to help the firm reduce its overall footprint with significant reductions in both water and energy usage.

Renewable Energy

KPMG is committed to 100-percent renewable energy by 2020. We operate our own solar farm with more than 2,000 solar panels, purchase Renewable Energy Certificates to offset our energy consumption and invest in community solar projects in under-served communities.

Sustainability Services

A focus on corporate responsibility is perhaps one of the simplest ways an organization can demonstrate its commitment to shared value. KPMG’s Sustainability Services practice professionals assist us with our own corporate responsibility efforts—in addition to helping clients around the world better understand the complex, evolving business and regulatory risks related to corporate responsibility in the value chain. Then our professionals help clients capitalize on the commercial opportunities those risks present.


- KPMG International was the named by the International Accounting Bulletin as 2015 Sustainable Firm of the Year