Green Valentine’s day for PricewaterhouseCoopers people

Published at 13:04 PM on 13 February 2008

In a week long programme, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP employees have been encouraged to fall in love again this Valentine's Day - with the world they live in. Employees at the firm's London offices have been cycling on a specially designed bike that demonstrates how much energy you need to generate to charge an iPod, mobile phone or power an energy efficient light bulb. Nationwide, employees were encouraged to continue to do their bit by using alternatives to travel, sustaining the significant progress the firm has made in reducing its environmental impact since announcing its carbon neutral commitment in 2007. The firm has saved over one million miles of air travel by using new and updated video conferencing facilities, 85% of electricity is now provided from renewable sources, 60% of waste is recycled and 89% of it diverted from landfill. Moira Elms, management board member, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP said: "This has been a really fun way to get people involved in an issue that is close to our heart and activities. The fantastic response by our people certainly demonstrates their interest in not only taking part, but making a personal difference to our sustainability performance as well." As part of PricewaterhouseCoopers overall sustainability programme, activities over the past twelve months have included

  • Introduction of a range of learning and development programmes including dedicated modules in responsible leadership and sustainability
  • Promotion of seasonal produce in on-site catering through a sustainable procurement initiative
  • A reduction in air travel by one million miles through the use of the firm’s Telesuite video conferencing facilities
  • Recycling of 60% of the firm’s waste, including the diversion of 85% from landfill: the equivalent weight of
    • 250 desk side printers in aluminium cans,
    • One double – decker bus full of toner cartridges
    • 5000 laptops weight of plastic cups
Employee’s community commitment increased by 30% with 3810 employees volunteering in communities nationwide. Over £5.9m - a 40% increase - was contributed through donations, professional time and volunteering support, including the firm’s twenty year programme supporting schools and charities in the boroughs of Southwark and Westminster. ENDS

Notes to Editors:

1. PwC's Global CEO survey recently reported that Climate Change had slipped down the agenda for UK CEOs, with only a third 'extremely concerned' about its threat to UK business growth and prosperity. 64% called on the government to show leadership in developing mitigation strategies for addressing climate change. Overall last year's concern about climate change and natural resource shifted to the more immediate threat of the rising cost of energy globally 2. PricewaterhouseCoopers have achieved a 40% reduction in Carbon emissions over the past four years and became Carbon Neutral in 2007 3. PricewaterhouseCoopers fleet is on average 14 grammes/kg CO2 lower than other similar sized fleets and was recently awarded Fleet Management magazine's fleet of the year recognising a range of aspects of the scheme including safety, and green credentials 4. In 2007 we introduced the PricewaterhouseCoopers Responsible Leadership and Sustainability programmes for senior managers and partners – developing a more robust corporate responsibility performance management systems and raising awareness and understanding of corporate responsibility with our key stakeholders 5. Over the past four years, our energy consumption per head has been reduced by 15%, waste recycling has increased from 30 to 60%, and 300 tones of CO2 emissions were avoided through the use of video conferencing as an alterative to business travel 6. Over the past three years alone, through the use of more efficient machines, including double-sided photocopiers, we have reduced our carbon emissions by 45% 7. The energy bike was provided by Global Action Plan. Global Action Plan are a practical environmental charity that help people make positive changes in their workplace, home, school, and community. The charity was created in 1993 to focus on the practical activities people can take in their everyday lives for a better world. In the UK, they work with individuals, communities, schools, SMEs and large companies to help people and organisations make substantial environmental and financial savings. Further information can be found at http://www.globalactionplan.org.uk 


For more information contact:

Rowena Mearley
Corporate PR Senior Manager, PwC 
Tel:020 7213 4727 
Mobile:07841 563 180 

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