Fulfills 2007 Pledge to be Carbon Neutral in 2010
Global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney today announced it has achieved carbon neutrality across its worldwide operations, fulfilling its first-in-the-industry 2007 pledge to be carbon neutral in 2010. A.T. Kearney has 1,700 consultants in 54 offices in 37 countries.
A.T. Kearney’s approach to carbon neutrality is built on four planks that reach across its entire organization: defining and measuring a rigorous set of carbon indicators, empowering employees globally to develop greener office protocols, innovating new models for client-service delivery and investing in climate-protecting projects meeting the highest international quality standards. The firm’s carbon neutrality is part of a broader initiative designed to deliver sustainable, environmentally sound results to A.T. Kearney’s global client base.
"Our clients are increasingly committed to finding more sustainable ways of doing business and we are dedicated to helping them do that," said Paul A. Laudicina, A.T. Kearney’s managing officer and chairman of the board. "Our pledge to become carbon neutral was predicated first on changing the way we operate, then making up the difference with high-quality carbon-offset investments."
In 2007 A.T. Kearney established a set of carefully defined baseline metrics against which to monitor and measure its carbon footprint. Since then, the firm has worked to significantly reduce carbon emissions throughout its operations, achieving a 5% reduction in 2008, a 14% reduction in 2009, and aspiring to a 20% reduction in 2010.
More than 80 percent of A.T. Kearney’s carbon footprint is related to travel. The firm developed advanced tools to calculate carbon emissions for all travel criteria including airline, hotel, car, rail, public transportation and taxi use and measures the carbon impact of travel by employee, office location and client project. A.T. Kearney’s efforts to measure and track business- travel emissions have been recognized as pioneering and best practice by numerous travel industry groups.
A.T. Kearney also established a global network of Sustainability Czars throughout its operations to spearhead local initiatives and drive cultural change throughout the organization. Offices have implemented more sustainable policies and practices, including renovations certified for energy efficiency and environmental design and state-of-the-art collaborative technologies.
"We are proud to be the first among our traditional high-value added consulting peers to be carbon neutral worldwide," Laudicina said. "A.T. Kearney’s advice to our clients is now 100 percent carbon neutral."