Through our ESG strategy, we help organizations achieve competitiveness in a decarbonized future. We lead by example and take ambitious steps to zero emissions.
Our roadmap to net zero emissions
Tackling the climate crisis takes ambition and a detailed plan
At Roland Berger, we have ambitious sustainability goals: to achieve net zero emissions. Having reached a point of no return, nothing less will suffice. To achieve this goal, we have laid out a strategic path with action items. We started off by making incremental changes and have now put actionable strategies in place that directly remove greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the atmosphere. By continuously offsetting our emissions, we intend to remove more CO2 from the atmosphere than we put into it.
Key targets on our road map
In order to achieve the goals, we are taking the following measures:
- Lowering our direct and indirect (from purchased electricity, heating and cooling) greenhouse gas emissions by 60%, e.g. through a new car fleet policy
- Reducing all other indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, e.g. reducing business travel
- Sourcing all Roland Berger locations with 100% renewable energy (already implemented in Germany, Austria and Switzerland)
- Implementing a reforestation project that will offset approximately 1,000 t/year of CO2 emissions
To further bolster our commitment, we have nominated "Sustainability Ambassadors" in our offices to support and implement group-wide activities on location. They drive a sustainable corporate culture forward, together with their management as well as committed teams. In this way they are dealing with further topics such as the reduction of plastic consumption, sustainable and regional purchasing, recycling and sensitizing employees to their own CO2 footprint and so on.
Reforestation: The Roland Berger woods
Reforestation is an important practice to mitigate the effects of climate change by contributing to carbon sequestration, improving biodiversity and increasing soil fertility. In 2022, Roland Berger began its reforestation project in cooperation with Woodify and acquired more than 150 ha of woods close to Frankfurt am Main in Germany. In addition to offsetting around 1,000 t/year of CO2 emissions, these woods will serve as a visiting area for Roland Berger employees and clients. Blockchain technology ensures data transparency and the results are ISO certified. The University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde uses the forest to implement ecological transformation concepts and the Eberswalde University of Applied Sciences takes it as an example to determine the best practices for sequestering CO2 emissions.
Sustainability engagement with support for local people
Besides reducing greenhouse gases, improving the living conditions of local people is a key concern of the sustainability projects we support.