“Creating the Eco Challenge is part of our response to employees’ growing interest in sustainability and their desire to be involved in protecting the environment,” said Adrian Lajtha, Accenture’s chief leadership officer. “The Eco Challenge is not only a way to harness our people’s interest in making a collective impact but also to celebrate World Environment Day and raise awareness of what Accenture is doing to run a more sustainable business.”
Accenture employees join the Eco Challenge by completing a brief online profile that helps estimate their carbon footprint. Participants then choose from more than 150 pledges in categories such as commute, business and personal travel, work, home, lifestyle and energy. The pledges fall into three categories of intensity – easier, moderate and advanced – depending on the level of commitment.
When the Eco Challenge concludes, country teams with the greatest carbon reductions pledged per employee and the greatest employee participation will be honored. Prizes include a financial contribution to an environmental charity and educational sessions with experts on sustainability.
“Striving for sustainability is a priority throughout all areas of Accenture,” said Lajtha. “For example, I will join my colleagues on Accenture’s Executive Leadership Team and participate in the Eco Challenge. Everyone has the ability to make a difference, and I look forward to hearing about how our people around the world are getting involved.”
The Eco Challenge is one of several examples of Accenture’s historical focus on environmental stewardship. For example, the company holds global ISO 14001 certification, an internationally recognized standard for environment management systems; it has enhanced its environmental responsibility policy and published it on accenture.com; and it has been a global signatory to the UN Global Compact since 2007. Additionally, in the United States, Accenture’s offices in San Francisco, San Antonio, Phoenix and San Jose are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, and in the United Kingdom, the London Fenchurch office is Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) certified.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. With approximately 180,000 people serving clients in over 120 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$23.39 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2008. Its home page is www.accenture.com.