Creating One Young World for societal change

In 2018, Deloitte Australia’s Jean-Marie Voon and Josh Tonc travelled to The Hague in the Netherlands to participate in One Young World (OYW), a key global partnership for Deloitte as we work towards our WorldClass ambition of positively impacting 50 million futures by 2030. The program aims to develop young professionals into future leaders who can solve the world’s toughest problems.

This annual global conference brings together nearly 2,000 delegates from more than 190 countries to make lasting connections and create positive change. Summit speakers include Nobel Prize winners and pre-eminent government, business and non-profit leaders. After each conference, the delegates become OYW ambassadors, encouraged to take action in their local communities and within the organisations they represent to help find solutions to social and environmental challenges.

As one of many key takeaways from the 2018 event, Jean-Marie and Josh noted that people should engage in continuous participation towards positive change by:

  • Voting for politicians who are committed to solving major global problems
  • Encouraging opinions on key global issues or problems
  • Using their voice or influence with customers, businesses and government
  • Running for office
  • Understanding their role and how they can exert influence.

In 2019, we received nearly 500 applications to participate in OYW from our various geographies. Our talent teams across the region conducted a very rigorous selection process to determine our Deloitte Asia Pacific (AP) delegation. AP CEO Cindy Hook was thrilled to announce that 11 delegates from AP – including two from Australia – had been selected to represent the region at the 2019 OYW global conference in London in October.

This annual global conference brings together nearly 2,000 delegates from more than 190 countries to make lasting connections and create positive change.

Deloitte’s Jean-Marie Voon with One Young World delegates from across the globe.

The environment we share: reducing our footprint

Deloitte Australia’s leadership team is committed to intensifying its focus on the need to take action on climate change, and as part of this has agreed to adopt the carbon emissions reduction targets developed by the Deloitte Global Societal Impact Council.

Globally, Deloitte’s goal for FY25 is to reduce our building-related emissions by 36% per unit of area, our fleet emissions by 11% and our employee travel by 10% per full time equivalent (FTE) role, compared to our FY17 levels. Our Deloitte climate advisory practitioners formulated these goals in line with methodologies put forth by the Science Based Targets Initiative global partnership, aimed at limiting emissions in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement. Deloitte Australia’s local reduction targets as part of the firm’s global targets are 27% per unit of area for building related emissions and 10% per FTE for travel off a FY19 base.

In FY20, we will focus on educating our people on the implications of climate change for Deloitte’s business, everyone’s quality of life and the environment.

We continue to improve our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint by:

  • Buying practices to reduce packaging
  • Using coffee machines in our offices, to reduce the number of disposable cups going to landfill (in FY19, we saved more than 1 million cups)
  • Using a sparkling water tap system in our Brisbane office, which keeps more than 8,000 plastic water bottles out of landfill each year
  • Reducing corporate hospitality waste through menu planning and portion control, and sourcing local and in-season ingredients where possible
  • Reducing newspapers in our kitchen break-out areas, saving 4.5 tonnes of paper from going to waste each year
  • Offering recycling stations for used batteries and mobile phones in each office nationally (in FY19, we collected 11.65 kilograms of batteries, and 11.1 kilograms of mobile phones)
  • Requiring cleaners to use biodegradable cleaning products
  • Using energy-efficient appliances and lighting timers
  • Providing end-of-trip facilities to encourage our people to leave their cars at home
  • Locating our offices in or close to CBDs, so we are close to our clients and public transport
  • Occupying five- or six-star Green Star–rated buildings.

We continued to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions on a per full-time employee (FTE) basis in FY19, reducing emissions by 4% to 2.3 tonnes per person.

Our total emissions rose from 19,691 tonnes to 22,356 tonnes, which reflected the overall growth in our business.

We continued to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions on a per full-time employee (FTE) basis in FY19, reducing emissions by 4% to 2.3 tonnes per person.

Our total emissions rose from 19,691 tonnes to 22,356 tonnes, which reflected the overall growth in our business.

Coming to the food rescue with OzHarvest

Eleven Deloitte team members, including CEO Richard Deutsch, proudly helped raise $139,504 as part of OzHarvest’s 2019 CEO CookOff held in Sydney in March 2019. The food rescue organisation raised close to a record $3 million at its largest annual fundraising event, which helps keep the wheels of OzHarvest turning and will provide more than 5,245,260 meals to those in need.

During the event, our Deloitte team helped cook for and serve meals to more than 1,400 disadvantaged people bussed in from all over Sydney. The tasty meals were prepared by 215 team members under the guidance of 50 celebrity chefs, supported by hundreds of volunteers. We were thrilled to win the Top Supersized Team Award on the night!

Deloitte is inspired to help OzHarvest make a direct impact in our community – and to support its linked commitment to raise awareness of, engage with and disrupt the issue of homelessness.

Deloitte is inspired to help OzHarvest make a direct impact in our community – and to support its linked commitment to raise awareness of, engage with and disrupt the issue of homelessness.

Deloitte team joins CEO Richard Deutsch at OzHarvest’s 2019 CEO CookOff. Image supplied by OzHarvest.

Deloitte authors celebrate the launch of their published stories.

Writing books that travel

To further build literacy in PNG, on Impact Day 2018, 25 Deloitte Brisbane colleagues undertook a project with charity Library For All to write children’s stories for the charity’s ‘Books That Travel’ collection. Seven of our people’s stories were selected to be professionally published and uploaded to Library For All’s global digital library, and hard copies were distributed for use by more than 40,000 children across PNG. Library For All is currently rolling out its digital library in PNG, with books available for free download from the Google Play Store.