We are committed to managing and monitoring our environmental impacts and ensuring we communicate our environmental performance in a transparent and accessible way. Central to the program is our ISO 14001 certified global Environmental Management System. In addition, we have a comprehensive carbon accounting system through which we accurately measure, monitor and report our environmental impacts across our global operations.
Our carbon reduction strategy is underpinned by a comprehensive data set on our carbon impacts, with around 10 million data points collected and analyzed each year. This data set gives us a granular view of our greenhouse gas emissions and helps us pinpoint opportunities to reduce emissions. For Capgemini, having a single global system managed by one team helps ensure our data is relevant, comprehensive, consistent, and complete, with a measurement approach that is aligned with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Standard. We are committed to continuously improving the quality of our data collection and analysis and using these insights to inform our strategic decisions.
The infographic above shows the key data points captured by our global carbon accounting system
On the micro level, we are able to generate both project-specific carbon reports for clients and individual carbon statements for our people, enabling individuals and teams to track their own emissions and identify opportunities for carbon reductions where possible. On the macro level, across the Capgemini Group, our carbon accounting tool enables us to forecast global emissions, track progress against our ambitious environmental targets and react to risks and opportunities as they emerge.
Ensuring our data can easily be accessed, understood and visualized by those that need it has also been an important area of focus. Through the creation of a new set of interactive, visual dashboards, we have provided global leads and sustainability teams across Capgemini with a more engaging and dynamic way to track their impacts. Carbon data is also of growing interest to investors and clients with voluntary disclosure schemes such as CDP, Ecovadis, Vigeo-Eiris developing in response to this demand.
Carbon data is also of growing interest to investors and clients with voluntary disclosure schemes such as CDP, Ecovadis, Vigeo-Eiris developing in response to this demand. Our world class carbon management approach has helped us score A- in our CDP Climate Change disclosure in 2016, placing us in the top 23% of companies in our sector.
Environmental Management System
Central to Capgemini’s sustainability strategy is our commitment to a ‘one team’ Global Sustainability approach, supported by a Centre of Excellence (CoE) made of environmental experts across the Group ISO 14001 forms a core part of this and demonstrates our commitment to continually improve the management of environmental issues and minimize our impacts.
In 2017, Capgemini Group achieved its first global ISO 14001 certificate for its Environmental Management System (EMS), the culmination of several years’ effort in developing a one team approach to environmental management globally. In 2018, Capgemini operations in Italy, Australia and China achieved ISO 14001 certification for the first time, joining our global certificate, while we completed scope extensions in France and North America. The global ISO 14001 certificate now covers 13 countries, 211 facilities and operations associated with 170,157 people. A further four countries have retained individual ISO 14001 certificates covering all or part of their operations, meaning that across the Group 87% of our operations by headcount are now ISO 14001 certified.
We are committed to increasing this coverage further, expecting an additional 9 countries to join the certificate this year, with a target to ensure all Capgemini entities with a headcount of over 1,000 people are ISO 14001 certified by the end of 2020. This ambition will mean bringing more than 15 new Capgemini entities into scope, as well as transitioning all local systems onto the global platform.
Climate Change Risk Assessment
Climate change and its related impacts have featured in the World Economic Forum’s top five Global Risks every year since 2011, highlighting the importance of this topic. According to the World Bank, $158 trillion of physical assets – double the total annual output of the global economy – are at risk without preventative action to mitigate climate change. With around half of our employees based in countries that are considered more vulnerable to climate change, it is critical that we take steps to ensure business continuity and build resilience.
To help us manage these risks, we have developed a Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) which uses scientific research to identify the top climate hazards facing Capgemini. We assess the exposure of our people, assets, offices and national infrastructure to these hazards and then model the likely financial and operational impacts on our business. We use the output of this strategy to prioritize developing mitigation strategies and action plans where they are needed most.