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Sustainability at BDO

03 January 2022

Our dream is to inspire, educate and lead an unstoppable movement for sustainable business practice in our markets and in our organisation

The list of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks faced by corporations has recently exploded onto every business agenda – diversity and inclusion, climate change, #blacklivesmatter, pollution, corruption, #metoo, human rights and employee welfare, supply chain scandals…and of course COVID-19, with all its disruptive impacts.

​​​​​​​Our sustainability approach aims to create and foster long-term benefits by taking into consideration how we operate within this increasingly complex environment – recognising threats, mitigating risks and capitalising on development opportunities.

Keith Farlinger CEO, BDO International Limited

We recognise the need to continually adapt our strategy, our service offering and the way we operate to meet the sustainability demands of all our stakeholders - our clients, our employees, our communities and our regulators – to protect our business and the interests of generations to come.

BDO has committed to support the goal of Net zero

As part of this process, our organisation, as part of the Net Zero Financial Service Providers Alliance, has committed to supporting the goal of global net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner, in line with the ambition to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

BDO’s WHY, or purpose, is People helping people achieve their dreams. We recognise the need to continually adapt our strategy, our service offering and the way we work to meet the sustainability expectations of all our stakeholders – our clients, our employees, our investors and our regulators - to protect our environment, our business and the interests of generations to come.

Our commitment to Net Zero

BDO has committed to support the goal of Net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner, along with our GPPC peers, with whom we joined the Net Zero Financial Service Providers Alliance (NZFSPA) in September 2021.

At BDO, we all have a role to play in protecting, preserving and renewing our resources so that the way we live our lives today does not negatively impact future generations. It also means that we can play our part in leading positive change.

The fight against climate change is a priority for BDO as a global organisation and for our global leadership. To guide BDO in achieving this important goal, we have established a Net Zero Advisory Council that will make use of the substantial expertise in this area existing in our firms to create a robust strategy for achieving net zero going forward.

Further details on the scope of the commitment that BDO has made along with the other members of the NZFSPA are available here.