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

We recognize our responsibility to help protect the planet. We are committed to minimizing the impact our firm has on the environment and supporting those who are working to improve global environmental sustainability.

McKinsey supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. We are also participants in the UN Global Compact.

Core elements of our strategy

Our environmental footprint strategy seeks to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and waste across our entire operation as we strive to continually strengthen our environmental practices. We will comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations.

Carbon neutrality

We recognize that GHG emissions represent a significant part of our firm's environmental footprint, from the electricity we use in our offices to the travel our people undertake. Since 2018, we have been carbon neutral. Our approach to carbon neutrality includes reducing our emissions and investing in verified carbon-reduction projects to offset the emissions we have not yet been able to eliminate.

  • We measure the GHG emissions of our global operations annually, have them verified under the ISO14064 standard, and share them as part of our social responsibility reporting, including in our social responsibility report.
  • We have set GHG emissions reduction targets for direct emissions and purchased energy (Scope 1 & 2 emissions): 60% by 2030 and 90% by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement to keep the global temperature increase below two degrees Celsius.
  • To help achieve these GHG emission reduction targets, and as a member of the RE100 coalition, we have set a target of purchasing 100% renewable electricity by 2025.
  • We aim to lower remaining indirect emissions (Scope 3) by finding alternatives to travel, where we can, and by encouraging colleagues to choose travel options that are better for the environment.
  • We target high environmental standards for new offices and major renovations, such as LEED Gold or Platinum or equivalents.
  • We invest in carbon-reduction projects to offset the emissions we have not yet been able to eliminate. These projects are independently verified to international standards, such as Gold Standard and VCS.

Reducing waste

We are committed to reducing waste across our global operational sites.

  • We aim to reduce waste generation and seek to minimize the waste we send to landfills.
  • We promote reuse and recycling, as well as the use of supplies that are recycled and recyclable and whose production and use minimize the consumption of natural resources.
  • We encourage our offices to drive initiatives to reduce waste, including sorting and recycling materials, donating used technology equipment, putting drinking water taps in place, reducing food waste, and running recycling campaigns.

Working with external stakeholders

We are committed to working with our suppliers, clients, and other stakeholders to reduce their environmental footprint.

  • As part of our sustainable procurement strategy, we’ve adopted a Supplier Code of Conduct that sets forth our expectations of our suppliers, including reducing environmental impact.
  • In addition, we engage with suppliers to improve the environmental impact of the products and services we purchase.
  • Beyond reducing our own footprint, we conduct research to advance the global debate on a wide range of sustainability and resource productivity topics. Our research provides an evidence base and set of analytical tools to enable sound decision making about sustainable development.
  • We seek to put our research into action through pro bono support of environmental non-profits.
  • Our Sustainability Practice serves clients globally on a wide range of topics, including the ways in which they can improve their environmental performance and how they can develop more sustainable methods of operation.