We are a Science Based Targets Committed Company and set our carbon reduction target using the Sectoral Decarbonisation Approach designed by CDP, the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute and WWF. It aligns our carbon reductions with those deemed necessary by climate scientists in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Progress against the target is measured in Scope 1 and Scope 2 (location-based) emissions, which means no carbon has been subtracted from our emissions (e.g., because of renewable electricity we purchase).

In 2016 we made all employees aware of our Environmental Standards, which create positive competition between offices, in the CFO’s annual communication for World Environment Day. 33% of reporting locations achieved five or more Enhanced Environmental Standards and achieved Green status. Those locations achieving seven or more standards are designated as Green+ and are the best performing sites within the business. These new more challenging performance standards mean fewer locations meet the standards, but we expect achievement to increase over time.