At KPMG Australia, we help our clients not just grow, but grow meaningfully - consciously, collaboratively, transparently and empathetically. It’s our deep belief that how you grow matters. Nationally, our network of over 9,000 people are dedicated to this, while providing audit, assurance and risk consulting, deals, tax and legal, management consulting and innovation and digital solutions to entities and organisations that span the nation’s industrial, governmental and not-for-profit landscapes.
Our commitment is to support our clients’ growth, not only so it enhances our nation’s economic prosperity, but builds trust while benefiting society, people and the environment. Because how you grow matters.
“The Climate Active trade mark helps to communicate a positive and transparent narrative of our climate commitments, as it represents a robust carbon neutral claim.”
Type of certification
How long have you been certified carbon neutral?
Since March 2021.
Why are you carbon neutral?
KPMG Australia supports scientific consensus that human activity is the primary cause of climate change and acknowledges our responsibility in limiting warming to less than 1.5° above pre-industrial levels. We are committed to being a net zero emissions business, an enabler of the circular economy and transparently managing our climate risk and ongoing contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Under our Climate Action Plan to 2022, we are committed to driving continuous operational improvement and minimising our impact on the planet through energy and waste efficiency, the sourcing of 100% renewable energy and by targeting behaviour change to reduce non-essential business travel. On our journey to net zero we also recognise the importance of purchasing accredited offsets for any residual annual emissions that equally aims to deliver positive impacts to local communities.
Attaining carbon neutral status is an integral part of our climate commitments and is closely aligned to our global network’s ambition to be net zero emissions by 2030.
What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
The Climate Active trade mark helps to communicate a positive and transparent narrative of our climate commitments, as it represents a robust carbon neutral claim.
Climate Active certification reaffirms our market position on climate change, in our support of a carbon reduction strategy for Australia and our continued efforts to improve the environmental and social performance of our clients. Similarly, attaining carbon neutral status is a source of pride for our people and a platform for engagement on carbon markets, carbon pricing and co-benefits to the communities that we support.
What offset projects do you support?
A savanna burning project in Australia, a forest conservation project in Brazil, and a renewable energy generation project in Thailand.
Why did you choose these projects?
When procuring carbon offsets, we consider only accredited projects with key benefits to local community or opportunities for social development. This is an underpinning principle of our CAP, and a part of KPMG Australia’s ongoing commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
In 2019, we supported domestic Indigenous fire management projects in Australia’s Cape York, as well as international offsets from forest regeneration in the Amazon, Brazil and renewable energy generation in Thailand. Supporting these community projects helps to provide important co-benefits, including the creation of jobs and infrastructure in remote areas, growth in small-scale economic enterprises and protection of critical biodiversity, delivering impact to SDGs 3, 4, 8, 11, 13 and 15.
How can the community support you?
Underpinning our Climate Action Plan is the vision is to enhance knowledge of climate change impacts and support greater climate resilience in Australia's economy, environment and society. As a values-based organisation we seek to advocate for accelerated climate action alongside our clients, our stakeholders and our communities.
We recognise that our greatest ability to drive action comes when engaging key stakeholders on the issue of climate and through our contributions to thought-leadership, market commentary, policy and research, as well as through key community partnerships and activations.
We are always reviewing additional opportunities to reduce our environmental impact, and would welcome feedback and collaboration on sustainability initiatives or joint engagement with our clients and the broader community. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions?
KPMG Australia has committed to reducing our gross operational emissions from energy and air travel emissions, as well as achieving 100% renewable energy and zero waste to landfill by 2022.
In our continued efforts to reduce emissions, we are committed to sourcing renewable energy across all of our tenancies, optimising energy efficiency in all future office relocations, increasing reporting measures on air travel and promoting technology and remote working to reduce non-essential business travel post-pandemic.
Under our commitment to achieving zero waste, we will host design-thinking workshops and staff engagement tools to reduce contamination, eliminate single use items in our supply chain, optimise waste management protocols in our tenancies and conduct audits to track our progress.
What has been the impact of your action?
Since the launch of our first Climate Change Strategy in 2017, KPMG Australia has achieved a reduction of 17% in our gross emissions/FTE.
This significant reduction has been driven by the FY17 relocation of our Sydney and Melbourne offices to 6 and 5 Green Star energy rated buildings, by promoting ‘tech over travel’ and internal KPIs for business air travel reduction and our zero waste program aimed at reducing single use items in our supply chain and continued education on waste.
What advice would you give to a business considering certification?
The relevance test of the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard (for Organisations) is the most critical starting point for guiding the carbon data collection process, particularly for material Scope 3 or indirect emissions. It takes time to establish reasonable reporting boundaries and tailor the relevance test to the operations and supply chain, particularly to that of a professional services organisation.
Following from our initial application of our baseline year 2019, this relevance test can now be embedded into our annual data collection process.