Improving our green management practices benefits
the environment, our Firm and our clients.

We moved forward in 2011 to measure our carbon emissions for the first time as we continued to introduce more sustainable management practices.

We are working with the Carbon Neutral Company to use a cost-effective online tool to measure emissions consistently across our network. We will use the assessment report to tailor our activities to areas where we can achieve the greatest cost and emissions reductions. It will also improve our ability to respond to inquiries from clients about our environmental practices and emissions.

A key part of our global technology strategy is to concentrate our technology services in three regional computer data centers. With the opening of our AsiaPac data center in mid-2011, all three centers are now fully operational. The Americas data center uses 100 percent wind power for electricity generation, and our data center in Europe provides us with carbon-neutral power from hydropower sources. By moving from physical servers in our offices to virtual servers in our data centers, we have reduced our carbon footprint substantially.

All but our smallest offices have developed plans for reducing the environmental impact of their operations while simultaneously reducing costs. We share best practices through a growing community of our facilities, technology and purchasing managers. In many locations, we are one of the first to look for local innovations. These sometimes take interesting forms, particularly in Eastern Europe and Asia, as illustrated by these examples.

There are currently no municipal recycling programs in Moscow. The company that removes paper and plastic from our office has developed an innovative recycling program with a local poultry farm. The farm recycles paper into egg containers and plastic into bubble wrap, shrink film and dispensers.

Our Bucharest office collects used light bulbs for Recolamp, the only organization in Romania specializing in lamp waste.

Our Hong Kong office persevered to set up a recycling program in the face of local recycling providers only interested in serving large employers. The office also started a campaign to reduce paper use called “Project Two Trees,” after they calculated that the average employee used the equivalent of two trees of paper for non-client purposes annually.

Many of our offices are in buildings with ENERGY STAR or LEED certifications or the equivalent, and our London and Brussels offices have been recognized for their sustainability programs. We try to make new space as environmentally friendly as possible. In 2011, our shared services facility in Manila installed LED lights throughout the office when they moved to a larger space. Our Washington, DC office added new space that is ”green” in many ways, including its use of natural light as well as recyclable carpeting and ceiling tile.

“We want to identify the practices that make the most difference and spread them across our network wherever possible. Our clients, partners and employees expect us to control both our costs and our environmental footprint.”
Greg Dolan,
Chief Operating Officer


Task Force Berde, the green committee in our Manila shared services facility, excels at using the Green Initiative to build employee morale and help the environment at the same time. They have instituted many innovative sustainable practices. We are one of the first employers in the Philippines to use biodegradable cups and utensils made from corn and yam. Deforestation is a serious issue in the Philippines. To celebrate the United Nations Year of the Forest, Task Force Berde launched the Support a Hectare Project to raise money through the sale of custom-made buttons to sponsor for three years one hectare of the 27-square-kilometer La Mesa Watershed and Eco-Park, which supplies much of Metro Manila’s water supply. Our people also planted trees and held floor walks, trivia contests, talks, film showings and other events.