Change is both inevitable and vital, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Positive change requires a period of discovery and acknowledgment, strong thought leadership, the sharing of knowledge, and the desire and know-how to be and do better. We’ve analyzed our business and identified both near-term opportunities and thoughtful, long-term strategies around environmental sustainability, with the goal of creating positive changes for our people, clients, communities and planet.
Our environmental strategy and commitments include:
As a direct result of the growing interest in environmental stewardship from our people and leaders, we formed the environmental advisory board in early 2022 to guide and govern our strategy. The employee engagement committee was launched soon after and tasked with providing thoughtful environmental education and opportunities for our people. The committee hosted a variety of national initiatives, including a virtual trash dash, composting 101 webcasts, sustainable living tips and other local office activities such as renewable energy information sessions and community clean-ups.
RSM supports flexibility now more than ever. Our national real estate team has been working to adapt to people’s changing office space needs and is committed to reducing our overall footprint by nearly one-third per full-time employee by 2026. Currently, 28 of our offices occupy Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-LEED® certified buildings, and we are designing all future office build outs to meet or exceed the latest energy conservation codes and LEED® parameters. Sustainable practices are a consideration in future office lease agreements, with an emphasis on properties committed to sustainable practices, including procuring power from renewable sources, transparency in energy usage, and commitment to maintaining recycling programs and monitoring waste streams.
And, to reduce the effect our operations have on the environment in 2023 and beyond, our office operations team has implemented a variety of waste management guidelines for consumable product ordering, recycling, composting, meetings and events.
We generate sustained value through our strategic ecosystems to continually encourage an environment of growth and best practices among clients, vendors, suppliers and other organizations with whom we interact. Through collaboration with vendors such as DocuSign and Secure Print, we’re able to better understand our paper usage trends over the years and the impact of our actions. Our commitment to the UN Global Compact unlocks a new network of like-minded companies, coalitions, resources and opportunities to carry out our environmental commitment.
Our relationship with EPC USA, an end-of-life IT vendor, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America created an opportunity to put 100 refurbished Lenovo N21 Chromebooks into the hands of in-need youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Quinault Indian Nation and Boys and Girls Clubs of Yurok Tribe. RSM leaned into our strategic ecosystems by connecting the need with the supplier, managing logistics, covering various related costs and, most importantly, providing youth with access to technology.