Environmental Stewardship

Sustainability and corporate responsibility

PwC operates throughout the world and is a leader in its sector. Particular responsibilities come with that sort of status. That’s why PwC takes an interest in the economic, social and environmental conditions in the countries in which it operates, advises clients and conducts audits. Being a leader means that we have to look at more than just professional qualifications and show what we can do for society and in human terms.

Our environmental stewardship efforts are focused on reducing our carbon footprint. To do so we’ve set various reduction targets which we review and measure each year. Specific measures include building our offices according to Minergie sustainable construction standards, reducing and recycling waste on all PwC premises, and cutting down on travel by using technology such as online meeting tools.

These environmental guidelines reflect our general attitude to environmental matters and the principles and practices we apply in our business operations.

Practice aid on environmental guidelines

A few examples of what we do

  • Our biggest offices (Zurich and Basel) get their electricity exclusively from renewable resources
  • The Geneva office uses water from the lake for cooling the roof and heating
  • Lighting and office equipment are used energy-efficiently, with light sources switched on and off automatically
  • Minergie sustainable building standards are applied where ever possible
  • Our Zurich staff restaurant has the ‘Fourchette verte’ (‘Green Fork’) quality label for balanced nutrition

Separate disposal of:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • PET recyclable plastic
  • Electrical waste and batteries
  • Residual waste, glass, aluminium and tin
  • Organic waste
  • Travel policy: use environmentally-friendly means of transport. Air travel within Switzerland is not permitted for the following routes:
    • From Zurich to Geneva or from Geneva to Zurich
    • From Zurich to Lugano or from Lugano to Zurich
  • Half-price tickets can be invoiced
  • Preferential rates for Mobility and other car-sharing options
  • Reduction in number of journeys through the use of online meeting tools: video conferences (Webex), digital workplace with all files and communications
  • Flexible working arrangements: home office
  • Most documents are sent in digital format
  • Double-sided printing as standard
  • PCs with green label
  • New ‘eco’ projectors
  • Recycled paper used in MFDs
  • Climate-neutral postal service

Contact us

Bettina Schmid

Corporate Responsibility, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 1909