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Environmental Sustainability

We are committed to protecting the planet

The world faces a critical moment in tackling the challenges of climate change, environmental pollution, and responsible use of resources.
We are minimizing our own environmental footprint while supporting those who are working to improve global environmental sustainability.

We are carbon neutral

Since 2018, we have been carbon neutral. We are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and offsetting those we cannot yet eliminate.

We have set targets to reduce our emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, which we publicly support. Our targets include reducing direct emissions and those from purchased energy by 60 percent by 2030 and by 90 percent by 2050.


net carbon emissions


reduced emissions per capita


renewable electricity

We monitor and independently verify our GHG emissions following the GHG Protocol and best practices. In 2018, our total emissions were 787 ktCO?e, representing an 11 percent reduction per capita versus 2017. Learn more about our carbon footprint.

We have started to reduce the intensity of our travel and to transition to renewable electricity. As a member of RE100, we are committed to purchasing 100 percent renewable electricity by 2025 and have already reached 87 percent.

We are also engaging our suppliers to help reduce their footprint. We have made this a core topic in commercial conversations with more than 50 of the world’s largest airlines, and we are continuing to work with them to strengthen their environmental performance.

To offset the emissions we have not yet been able to eliminate, we invest in carbon-reduction projects independently verified to international standards.

Our carbon-reduction projects

We want our offices to be great places for our people—and for the environment

Almost half of our global office space has achieved green-building certification. We target the highest standards for new offices and major renovations (LEED Gold or Platinum, or equivalents). Nearly one-third of our global office space already meets this standard. This year, two of our biggest offices (London and New York) moved into LEED Gold–certified buildings.

We are also committed to minimizing our waste footprint—for example, by reducing single-use plastic in our offices and by expanding our recycling programs.

We support others who are protecting the planet

Beyond our own footprint, we seek to use our knowledge and capabilities to support others who are working to improve the environment.

For more than ten years, McKinsey’s research has provided a fact base on emission-reduction opportunities and their associated costs and investment needs.

We put our research into action through pro bono support of environmental not for profits and, most recently, through the work of This McKinsey-founded not for profit is developing new recycling solutions that will put all waste to productive use for the benefit of communities and the environment.

Insight and action


Sustainability at a tipping point

Climate impacts over the next decade are largely locked in, but future impacts depend on decarbonization action over the next two decades. Tackling the challenge will present new opportunities for growth, innovation, and resilience investment—here are five action areas that can push sustainability in the right direction.
Blog Post

A vision of beauty: How we helped Chile to create ten million acres of stunning national parklands

– A team of consultants provided pro bono support to Tompkins Conservation to help make the economic case for Chile’s new national parks.
Blog Post

How is helping to rethink recycling around the world

– In this short film, see how, an independent non-profit founded by our firm, has helped a Buenos Aires barrio embrace an innovative recycling program.

Impact through our clients

Sustainability Practice

In the past three years, our Sustainability Practice has completed more than 1,700 engagements with 600 clients across 70 countries. We are helping clients accelerate the transition to a low-carbon and sustainable-growth economy by eliminating waste, accelerating innovation, achieving scale, and focusing capital on sustainable investments.

Example partnerships and commitments


Social Responsibility Report 2018

Learn how we are making a difference in our communities and for our planet.