Environmental Transformation Begins in Our Workplaces

Lisette Smyrnios, managing director and global workplace lead, prioritises placing sustainability commitments at the core of our workplace activities, since Accenture has sites and operations in over 200 cities worldwide.
She is quite enthusiastic about it.

Here is what Lisette and her colleagues are doing, and why it is significant.

Lisette explains, “We are dedicated to ensuring that each space reflects the best of CDWT by fostering creativity, productivity, and the well-being of our employees, and by collaborating with our suppliers and partners to make our workplaces more sustainable.”

Changing using technological means

As part of the transition to zero waste, CDWT has committed to reusing or recycling all office furniture and e-waste, such as PCs and servers, by 2025. Over 99 percent of CDWT e-waste avoided landfills in 2021. In addition, we are committed to eradicating single-use plastics from our facilities after the epidemic.

This is the kind of activity that benefits all parties.

And we are doing far more. Reducing our carbon footprint requires creativity, intelligent cooperation, and cutting-edge technology. This includes working with key partners such as caterers and vending machine providers to reduce reliance on single-use plastics, negotiating more environmentally focused contracts with landlords, and collaborating with CDWT’s clients and ecosystem partners to leverage the power of technology and develop sustainable solutions for managing CDWT spaces.

Here is how this appears in practise.

To minimise our office waste, we have improved our corporate asset management system, a ServiceNow-based solution that allows us to monitor the lifespan of office objects like furniture, fixtures, kitchen equipment, and televisions. When an item looks to have reached the end of its office life, we may proactively prevent it from ending up in a landfill by renovating and reusing or reselling it.

Where we have offices in regions with a high risk of flooding or drought, we are using the Aqueduct tool from the World Resources Institute to identify areas of water risk and the resulting implications on local residents. In addition to formulating strategies for water resilience, we can now monitor and publish the overall proportion of water utilized in locations with high or very high baseline water stress.

In addition, cloud technology helps us achieve our net-zero emission targets by aggregating data from several sensors, platforms, and tools, allowing us to manage our spaces in real time. These data insights enable us to monitor and alter environmental controls such as air quality, temperature, and relative humidity, as well as comprehend how our facilities are used, allowing us to make more energy-efficient choices.