In addition to helping our clients make a positive difference, we are determined to do our part as best we can. In 2018, we became carbon neutral for all of our emissions, including emissions from travel as well as office electricity usage and waste generation.
To achieve carbon neutrality, we are not only making decisions to be smarter and greener in how we work and how we travel, but we’re investing in a diverse portfolio of projects to offset our emissions. These projects align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and our own social impact and sustainability work. We’re focusing on reforestation, as well as coastal and rainforest conservation—driving impact in the surrounding communities where we work. We are a member of the UN Global Compact, and we continue our support of the Paris Agreement.
At the local office level, we are driving a number of initiatives to lessen our environmental impact:
- BCG’s “TeamScape” program is deployed in more than 80% of our offices, reducing the physical space in newer offices by 20%. The program matches the amount of space in an office with the patterns of activity and time people spend there while delivering enhanced space and services.
- More than 40% of our offices globally are in LEED-certified or equivalent buildings.
- We offer a variety of programs that promote the use of bicycles, public transportation, and train-only routes—lowering the carbon footprint of employees.
- Communications technologies enable our people to connect with their teams remotely, decreasing the need for travel. In 2017, we logged more than 1.6 million WebEx hours.
Environmental sustainability and carbon neutrality are of the utmost importance to us. Our continued efforts toward making our planet cleaner will have a positive impact on our employees and our work with our clients. We are excited to share our progress as we do our part, and we will continue to advocate, as a firm, for a healthier environment in the years ahead.