Making a difference in a changing world
Environment is our responsibility
Here's what our people have to say:
Pragnesh Shukla, "It was excellent effort to create forests and leave a better world for our next generation".
Arjun Kariyal, "50,000 saplings were planted in a village up in the mountains, by joining hands with the NGO’s and the villagers. Not 500, not 5000. No typo there, it was fifty thousand trees! Energy levels were at an all time high with barely any signs of exhaustion. Was it the mountain air or the thought of the saplings we left behind- our bit for a better tomorrow? A bit of both actually. We went back with the simple message- Plant a tree, plant a tomorrow".
Ashish Berry, "We planted saplings and hope. Hope for a cleaner earth and better earth to live in and for a better future of our generations to come".
Taking voluntary affirmative action, we plan to be carbon neutral in the next 5-7 years
In our quest to become carbon neutral, 100,000 saplings were planted in 2011; this year too, our volunteers travelled to places near Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu, to participate in the plantation of 50,000 saplings at each of the locations. A similar number i.e 100,000 will be planted in future years till we achieve 'carbon neutral' status.
Celebrating green birthdays is another important initiative to reduce our carbon impact on the environment. Through a tie-up with Grow-trees, one tree is planted as a gift on behalf of each employee on their birthday. Starting Environment Week 2012, our people now have the option to give away their box of chocolates and instead plant five saplings on their birthday.
While the future growth of Ernst & Young may result in enhanced carbon emission, the firm is committed to plant such a number of additional trees as are required to offset enhanced carbon emission, thereby, ensuring that the firm continues to remain carbon neutral at all points of time. We also intend to plant enough trees to offset the firm’s paper consumption.
Our drives are held in partnership with Non Government Organizations (NGOs) like Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation (PHGDF) and Srinivasan Services Trust of the TVS group.
The afforestation drives are educational and beneficial for our volunteers. The excursions include an opportunity to learn about local ecological subjects and ground realities of deploying eco-friendly practices and technologies in rural India. Our approach represents a starting point for governments, companies, NGOs and the citizens of Indian villages joining hands for a common cause, to address climate change concerns and in favor of environmental protection.
The plantation drives are one of the many initiatives we undertake towards the goal of achieving Carbon Neutrality. Water management, waste management, responsible recycling and numerous other consumption curbing exercises have become a part of our day-to-day lives.
At Ernst & Young we believe in saving energy, water, paper and recycling. Click here to know more:
- Energy saved is energy generated.
- The not-in-use equipments are monitored and switched off after close of business hours.
- Printers are set to default double sided printing and econo-mode printing options are used.
- Water – every drop counts.
- Bio blocks have been installed in men's washrooms across all our offices in India and are expected to save ten million liters of water every year.
- Recycle, refill, reuse.
- Reverse Osmosis plants have been activated across locations to reduce consumption of plastic. More than 150,000 plastic bottles are saved from going into the landfill each year.
- Used printer toners are disposed in an eco-friendly manner through a tie-up with Hewlet-Packard (HP).
- Shredded paper is collected across all locations and recycled. In Bangalore, the shredded paper is given to an NGO which in turn is sold them and proceeds used to feed poor children, thereby serving a dual purpose i.e. recycling paper and helping the underprivileged.
- Dry and wet waste is segregated and converted to vermicompost in most of the locations across the country. Printer toners a form of electronic waste is disposed in an eco-friendly manner.
- Save paper, save trees.
- Employee communications including campaigns on internal initiatives, statutory announcements, pay slips, tax information and Form 16 are made available to our employees online.
- Shredded paper from offices in the NCR region account for nearly 30% consumption, which is recycled.
- Only e-greetings are sent to clients and well wishes during festivals
Corporate responsibility and making a difference:
Ernst & Young India's programs have impacted lives of many children and continues to do so. Click here for an overview of the impact of the programs.