NEWSWEEK Green Score: 74.0%
Environmental Impact: 78.6%
Environmental Management: 78.9%
Transparency & Disclosure: 31.6%
Accenture is a management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company, with offices in more than 200 cities around the world. More than 80 percent of the company’s carbon emissions come from office energy use and business travel. In 2009, the company reduced its per-employee carbon footprint by 25 percent, largely by increasing employee environmental awareness. Accenture also has made an effort to reduce nonessential business travel, using TelePresence to hold virtual conferencing around the world. In the United States, the company launched the Smart Work program, which helps employees reduce noncritical travel. Accenture is working with Xcel Energy to launch the world’s first “smart grid” city in Boulder, Colo. They are pairing the entire city’s electric grid with intelligent technology to use energy more efficiently. A reduction in electricity usage by a mere 2.5 percent would allow Xcel Energy to reduce carbon emissions by more than 1 million tons each year.