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Roland Berger commits to net zero emissions by 2028 and sets its sights on consulting for sustainable management

Press release   •   Feb 03, 2021 19:41 -12

Munich, February 2021: After Roland Berger achieved climate neutrality in 2020, the company is setting itself further ambitious goals and is aiming for net zero emissions by 2028. In order to ensure transparency around reduction targets, Roland Berger has committed to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). To start this journey and get a full picture of the company's emissions, Roland Berger conducted a full accounting process in line with the GHG protocol to understand its carbon footprint. This was recently calculated in cooperation with South Pole – a leading project developer and provider of global climate action services. As a non-manufacturing company, so-called Scope 3 emissions, such as travel, account for a large part of Roland Berger's footprint.

Measures to achieve net zero emissions by 2028

Roland Berger will take a number of measures to reduce its CO2 footprint, including reviewing its existing company car policy, sourcing renewable energy, increasing the use of teleworking and reducing travel emissions. Any unavoidable carbon footprint will be offset via a certified portfolio of high-quality climate protection projects in the areas of reforestation, prevention of deforestation, energy efficiency and renewable energies. In addition, by continuously increasing its offsets, Roland Berger will not only reach net zero emissions by 2028 but will also aim to remove more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits.

Stefan Schaible, Global Managing Partner: "We are convinced that the world needs a new sustainable paradigm that takes the entire value cycle into account. The reduction of emissions, innovations in the use of resources, the reorganization of supply chains, and new production methods are becoming decisive competitive factors. As a global consultancy, we are also fully aware of the impact of our business on the climate. Not only do we want to lead by example in our industry, but we also want to demonstrate effective ways of doing business sustainably to our clients."

Consultancy approach with a focus on sustainable management

With a new strategy, which was adopted by its 250 Partners, Roland Berger is also placing solutions for sustainable management at the center of its consulting approach. As part of this strategy, the consultancy has identified four innovative areas in which it has bundled its competencies globally: Sustainability and Climate Action, Smart Mobility, Robust Organizations, and Next-Generation Manufacturing. Roland Berger has built teams in each of these fields to support clients in a wide range of projects, from supply chain reorganization and technology strategies to sustainable financing issues. The teams will also lend their expertise to Roland Berger's organizational units, each of which focuses on consulting services in a specific industry or functional area. 

Roland Berger, founded in 1967, is the only leading global consultancy of German heritage and European origin. With 2,400 employees working from 34 countries, we have successful operations in all major international markets. Our 50 offices are located in the key global business hubs. The consultancy is an independent partnership owned exclusively by 250 Partners.