Environmental Sustainability

Committed to protecting the planet

Environmental sustainability is part of our purpose, public commitments, and practices.

We will reach net-zero climate impact by 2030

Building upon our previous commitments to climate action in accordance with UN Sustainable Development Goal 13, we have set science-based targets to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. For our remaining footprint, we will remove carbon from the atmosphere through mainly nature-based solutions—and reach net-zero climate impact by 2030.

95%

renewable electricity (target 100% by 2025)

19%

reduced emissions per employee (2017-2019)

100%

of our GHG emissions offset since 2018

Consistent with a 1.5-degree pathway, from a 2019 baseline, we will reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 25 percent by 2025, including by increasing our use of renewable electricity. We will also reduce our Scope 3 GHG emissions from business travel 30 percent per employee over the same timeframe by embracing alternative working models as we transition into the next normal.

These new firmwide commitments expand upon our 2018 commitments to reduce emissions, transition to 100 percent renewable electricity, and become carbon neutral. Learn more about our carbon footprint (PDF).

During our transition to net-zero, we will continue to compensate for all our emissions, including those from travel, by investing in carbon-reduction projects certified to international standards.

Our carbon-reduction projects

We want our offices to be great places for our people—and for the environment

Nearly two-thirds of our global office space has achieved green-building certification. We target the highest standards for new offices and major renovations (LEED Gold or Platinum, or equivalents). Already 46 percent of our global office space meets this standard. Our Atlanta and Brussels offices recently achieved LEED Gold and BREEAM Excellent certification, respectively, and additional projects are under way. We are also committed to minimizing our waste footprint—for example, by reducing single-use plastic in our offices and by expanding our recycling programs.

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Reducing our local footprint

Across more than 100 of our offices, Green Teams led by over 1,000 passionate colleagues are driving environmental initiatives to reduce our footprint and build awareness about environmental sustainability.

Launch the video to learn more about the Amsterdam Green Team, whose “AMO Goes Green” initiative has significantly reduced the office’s footprint.

We support others who are protecting the planet

Beyond our own footprint, we seek to use our knowledge and capabilities to support others who are working to improve the environment.

For more than ten years, McKinsey’s research has provided a fact base on emission-reduction opportunities and their associated costs and investment needs. We put our research into action through pro bono support of environmental not for profits and, most recently, through the work of McKinsey.org. Through its flagship initiative Rethinking Recycling, this McKinsey founded not for profit is developing new recycling solutions that will put all waste to productive use for the benefit of communities and the environment.

We are also engaging our suppliers to help reduce their footprint. We have made this a core topic in commercial conversations with more than 50 of the world’s largest airlines and five large hotel groups, and we are continuing to work with them to strengthen their environmental performance. Together, these suppliers account for 65 percent of our carbon footprint.

Insight and action

Valuing nature conservation

A methodology to evaluate where safeguarding natural capital could have the biggest impact on climate, economies and health.

Expanding national parks in Chile

We helped Tompkins Conservation make the economic case for Chile's new national parks, resulting in ten million acres of stunning new national parklands, which provide habitats for hundreds of plant and animal species.

Rethinking Recycling

An initiative of McKinsey.org, Rethinking Recycling aims to empower every community to build green, inclusive, and economic recycling systems.

Impact with our clients

We support clients on sustainability, both through the dedicated efforts of our Sustainability Practice, and through our efforts focused on Delivering for Stakeholders, a recently introduced pillar of our social responsibility agenda.

Sustainability Practice

Our Sustainability Practice helps clients accelerate the transition to a low-carbon and sustainable-growth economy, supporting more than 1,700 projects with 600 clients across 70 countries in the last three years.  

Delivering for Stakeholders

Our goal is to weave sustainability and societal impact into all facets of our client work—from client counseling conversations to our analyses and recommendations. We also share what we have learned during our own sustainability journey.

Example partnerships and commitments

Awards and recognition

We earned a score of A- on CDP’s 2020 Climate Change questionnaire, reflecting our commitment to measuring and addressing our environmental footprint.

Related

Social Responsibility Report 2020

Learn how we create positive, enduring change in the world.

Environmental Statement

This Statement, which applies to McKinsey & Company globally, sets out McKinsey's environmental footprint strategy and how we seek to deliver against it.