Our Commitment to Sustainability

Our Commitments

BCG’s company commitments are at the core of our corporate purpose.

We know we can make the greatest impact through collaboration with our clients, as our diverse, global teams help organizations and governments tackle today’s most urgent challenges. But we are also on an ongoing mission to live up to our own company commitments, strengthening sustainable and ethical business practices within BCG and working day by day to help build a sustainable and inclusive future and make a difference in society.

Progress in a Year of Adversity

Our annual Sustainability Report details the steps we have taken—both through our client work and through the transformation of our own operations—to address important societal and environmental sustainability challenges in 2020 and to help shape a brighter future for society, business, the planet, and its 8 billion people. The 2020 Sustainability Report delineates our responsible business approach, which focuses on four key pillars: driving social impact, protecting our planet, empowering our people, and promoting responsible business practices.

Progress in a Year of Adversity

In 2020, the need to understand and elevate purpose became more important than ever, giving us the foundation necessary to increase stability, reduce fear, see beyond current crises, and plan for a stronger future.

Driving Social Impact

We believe that the best way to overcome complex social and environmental challenges is by enriching and expanding our partnerships, fostering system-level coalitions, and transforming the influence of business in the world. This is at the heart of our social impact approach. We help our clients leverage their core business assets and operations to drive positive societal impact in ways that enhance their sustainable competitive advantage, and we do so by focusing on six key areas:

  • Education. Providing high-quality education and skills

Saving Our Planet

By reducing emissions and addressing systemic threats to our climate and environment, we are not just protecting the planet but also increasing the long-term sustainability of corporations. In order to maximize our positive impact, we concentrate our environmental sustainability commitments in three domains: partnering with clients to help them realize their ambitions through BCG’s Center for Climate & Sustainability, shaping the global agenda by broadening and deepening our engagement with leading climate actors, and managing our own environmental impact. BCG’s pledge to reach net-zero climate impact by 2030, announced in 2020, represents a significant step in our internal commitment to sustainability. Here are some of our key goals in this area:

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BCG’s Net-Zero Strategy

BCG has committed to reach net-zero climate impact by 2030 and then become climate positive—removing more carbon from the atmosphere than we emit each year.

Our Sustainability Journey

Climate action is one of our most urgent challenges. As we partner with clients to help them realize their net-zero ambitions, we must also continue to change the way we operate as a firm.

Empowering Our People

Our success depends on our people. Our ability to attract and retain the best talent from all backgrounds—to fully reflect the diverse world in which we live and work—allows us to deliver value and help companies make a difference. In order to build a global BCG team made up of individuals determined to make the world and one another better every day, we invest heavily in talent acquisition; diversity, equity, and inclusion; employee well-being; learning programs and leadership development; and safety and security. Here are some of the ways we’re driving change:

  • Recruiting diverse talent, with structured protocols to eliminate bias from the recruiting process
  • Maintaining equal promotion and retention rates among men and women
  • Instituting formal flexibility policies to improve predictability and employee sustainability
  • Holding conferences and affiliation events to bring together members of our diversity networks
  • Offering tailored talent development, mentoring, and sponsorship opportunities

Promoting Responsible Business Practices

Dedication to ethical and responsible business practices defines our business identity and BCG’s approach as a firm. We consider this commitment—backed up by a system of clear accountability and a culture of transparency—critical to our success and to the reputational integrity of our clients and our company. Our responsible business goals include:

  • Training all BCG employees on our business ethics and employee code of conduct
  • Training all BCG employees on our data privacy and information security policies
  • Communicating our supplier code of conduct to all BCG suppliers
  • Training all BCG sourcing teams on sustainable procurement topics

Learn more about BCG’s Speak Up Line

In line with our culture of Leading with Integrity and to prevent and identify misconduct, BCG offers a reporting option through our "Speak Up” Line which is run by an external service provider. Apart from reporting any concerns directly to one of our senior leaders, our Speak Up Line provides employees, customers, suppliers and any other third parties an opportunity to report suspected violations of applicable law and BCG policies. Concrete reports are confidentially reviewed by BCG and forwarded to appropriate external parties if warranted. You can remain anonymous when you submit a report, unless you choose otherwise.

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Dedication to responsible and ethical practices defines BCG’s approach to business

Our Code of Conduct encapsulates BCG’s commitment to acting responsibly, backed by individual integrity and professional conduct. It outlines our expectations for behavior to all employees and others working on our behalf, and serves as a bridge between our purpose, our values, and our global processes and policies. It is intended to foster integrity and inform decision making while aligning our actions with expected standards of professional conduct.

We periodically review and if needed update the Code of Conduct to reflect developments in corporate ethics and compliance.

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