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Our Sustainability

Our Sustainability

Our sustainable impact doesn’t stop at client work. We believe in leading by example, so we embed a deep commitment to social and environmental standards in everything we do. 

Our Sustainability

Sustainability isn’t something we just talk to others about. Certified carbon neutral since 2012 and regularly ranked as one of the best places to work, Bain strives every day to reduce our environmental footprint, enhance employee well-being, practice the highest levels of ethics and procure supplies and services sustainably.

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A Letter From Our CEO

A Letter From Our CEO

imagebxp1p.png"Sustainability has become an imperative for us all. Environmental challenges are growing while timelines for addressing them are contracting. For that reason, we will continue to embed sustainability into our overall firm strategy, our client communications and our procurement practices."

― Manny Maceda, Worldwide Managing Partner

By the Numbers

By the Numbers

Materiality Assessment

Materiality Assessment

We conduct a thorough process to identify the topics most material to Bain’s ESG disclosures, refreshed annually.  Using feedback from our listed stakeholders below and benchmarking against other companies in our industry, we shortlisted the topics which are relevant to Bain & Company as a professional services firm. 

Off that shortlist, topics were prioritized by senior leadership and ESG experts within the company based on impact on our business and impact on our stakeholders.  While all listed topics are of importance to Bain and are monitored routinely, we have shortlisted the seven below as most material to our operations.

Bain’s support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Our Stakeholders

Our Stakeholders

We believe that the most challenging sustainability issues can’t be fixed alone, which is why we collaborate closely with our stakeholders. We engage regularly with the following internal and external stakeholder groups, all of which have been selected based on both the degree of impact our company has on the stakeholder group as well as the degree to which the stakeholder group impacts our company.

Workforce

Our company is made up of extraordinarily talented individuals who share a passion for achieving the very best in everything they do. We also consider future talent a key stakeholder that would augment our current employees. Both current employees and future talent are integral to our ability to deliver high-quality services to our clients

We continuously communicate with our employees through events, global intranets, email newsletters, and we solicit their feedback through local, regional, and global surveys; town hall events; and formal and informal meetings. We gather inputs from prospective hires through campus interactions, placement talks, internships and seminars.

Clients

Our clients are the reason why we exist. We partner closely with them to inform their strategic decision making.

We develop our understanding of clients’ values and priorities through channels such as client meetings, site visits, virtual and in-person events, requests for proposals (RFPs) and Net Promoter Score℠ surveys. We strive to keep open channels of communication with all of our past, present and prospective clients regarding Bain policies.

Suppliers

Our suppliers help us achieve our objectives through the provision of goods and services.

Our supplier code of conduct communicates the expectations we have for our suppliers, including their ESG activities. We continuously engage with our suppliers through formal meetings and surveys to understand the impact of our policies and supplier priorities.

Ecosystem Partners

We work closely with an external network of experts and partner companies to deliver projects to our clients.

We engage with these ecosystem partners through formal and 1:1 meetings.

Communities

Our company contributes to communities around the globe, through our business decisions, volunteer activities, and fundraising efforts.

Our understanding of our communities is shaped by our engagement more than 160+ nonprofits around the globe, that are positioned closely to our communities and their needs. We engage these nonprofits through provision of professional services, meetings and events, site visits, and surveys. We also reach the broader community through press releases, social media, and media engagement.

Leadership

Our firm leadership sets strategic priorities for the firm and represents the interests of the partnership.

The leadership team provides input on our ESG commitments through regular updates and partner meetings, and is specifically surveyed as part of our materiality assessment

Civil Society

Beyond our immediate communities, we acknowledge our responsibility to act as an ethical corporate citizen of the world at large.

We use widely accepted ESG standards (EcoVadis, UN Global Compact, and the WEF stakeholder capitalism metrics) as our guide to ensure our policies incorporate the interests of civil society.

Planet

Sustainability is central to our firm strategy; our business depends on a sustainable future.

We take into consideration long term implications of our operations in terms of global warming impact, biodiversity, and deforestation, and strive every day to reduce our environmental footprint

Material Topics

  • Clients’ ESG transformation

    Our clients are facing increasing and often existential demands around sustainability, social impact, and DEI.  Through new models of leadership and collaboration, organizations can create growth engines for the business and energize employees while having a transformative impact on communities. 

    As trusted advisors to many of the world’s largest companies, Bain & Company is in a position to leverage our expertise to help our clients deliver positive impact for all stakeholders.  Our integrated impact practice, Further, helps companies and industries thrive with change to create a more sustainable, responsible and profitable future through our Sustainability & Responsibility practice, and helps our clients build a truly representative organization characterized by a culture of belonging, support and trust through our DE&I practice.

  • Talent strategy

    Our people are core to our business.  We focus on hiring a community of people with exceptional talents, abilities and potential; providing them with best in class training and tools; and creating an environment where they can become the best version of themselves.

    We are focused on increasing diversity of hiring through equitable processes in all functions and regions, at all levels; our seven formal affinity groups (Asians at Bain, Blacks at Bain, BGLAD, Latinx at Bain, Veterans at Bain, Diverse Abilities at Bain, and Women at Bain) support recruiting and retention by driving professional development, connectivity and external impact activities

  • DEI

    Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and collaboration is key to building extraordinary teams. We provide support and community/connectivity for our diverse populations, including initiatives to support equity and reduce unconscious bias.

    This includes our DEI council, diversity hiring practices, regional transformation offices and sustainable procurement practices (from businesses owned by women and minorities).

  • Data Security

    In the course of working with our clients, we are often granted access to their confidential information. We have an individual and collective obligation to our clients, to each other and to our company to ensure appropriate security for all confidential information and other information assets within our control.

    This includes but is not limited to data management, classification, security trainings, penetration tests, global certifications, system and network access and encryption standards.

  • Anti-Corruption

    Guided by True North, we believe in winning business through our expertise, people and integrity. We promote the same values in our suppliers, employees and our clients.

    This includes abiding by all applicable laws in all the countries in which we operate, our gifts and entertainment policies, insider trading policies, our supplier code of conduct and our whistle blower hotlines.

  • Bain’s internal climate efforts

    Bain’s commitment to the environment is defined by our unrelenting efforts to reduce the footprint of our business operations and to help our clients, suppliers and employees become better stewards of the environment.

    This includes identifying, measuring and offsetting the environmental impact of our scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions; empowering green teams to coordinate local sustainability initiatives, and maintaining full compliance with applicable environmental laws, regulations and other obligations

  • Economic performance

    We are a private company so we do not disclose financial data.

    We create jobs through our 65 offices in 40 countries and impact our clients’ ability to transform the world.

Our clients are facing increasing and often existential demands around sustainability, social impact, and DEI.  Through new models of leadership and collaboration, organizations can create growth engines for the business and energize employees while having a transformative impact on communities. 

As trusted advisors to many of the world’s largest companies, Bain & Company is in a position to leverage our expertise to help our clients deliver positive impact for all stakeholders.  Our integrated impact practice, Further, helps companies and industries thrive with change to create a more sustainable, responsible and profitable future through our Sustainability & Responsibility practice, and helps our clients build a truly representative organization characterized by a culture of belonging, support and trust through our DE&I practice.

Our people are core to our business.  We focus on hiring a community of people with exceptional talents, abilities and potential; providing them with best in class training and tools; and creating an environment where they can become the best version of themselves.

We are focused on increasing diversity of hiring through equitable processes in all functions and regions, at all levels; our seven formal affinity groups (Asians at Bain, Blacks at Bain, BGLAD, Latinx at Bain, Veterans at Bain, Diverse Abilities at Bain, and Women at Bain) support recruiting and retention by driving professional development, connectivity and external impact activities

Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and collaboration is key to building extraordinary teams. We provide support and community/connectivity for our diverse populations, including initiatives to support equity and reduce unconscious bias.

This includes our DEI council, diversity hiring practices, regional transformation offices and sustainable procurement practices (from businesses owned by women and minorities).

In the course of working with our clients, we are often granted access to their confidential information. We have an individual and collective obligation to our clients, to each other and to our company to ensure appropriate security for all confidential information and other information assets within our control.

This includes but is not limited to data management, classification, security trainings, penetration tests, global certifications, system and network access and encryption standards.

Guided by True North, we believe in winning business through our expertise, people and integrity. We promote the same values in our suppliers, employees and our clients.

This includes abiding by all applicable laws in all the countries in which we operate, our gifts and entertainment policies, insider trading policies, our supplier code of conduct and our whistle blower hotlines.

Bain’s commitment to the environment is defined by our unrelenting efforts to reduce the footprint of our business operations and to help our clients, suppliers and employees become better stewards of the environment.

This includes identifying, measuring and offsetting the environmental impact of our scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions; empowering green teams to coordinate local sustainability initiatives, and maintaining full compliance with applicable environmental laws, regulations and other obligations

We are a private company so we do not disclose financial data.

We create jobs through our 65 offices in 40 countries and impact our clients’ ability to transform the world.

Sustainability at Bain

Sustainability at Bain

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  • Starting with our 2021 carbon footprint, Bain is net-negative carbon, offsetting more than 100% of Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions with nature-based carbon removal projects. The firm plans to achieve net-negative status every year going forward.
  • Bain has committed to reduce its scope 1 and 2 emissions—from activities such as heating and powering its offices—by 30% by 2026 from a 2019 baseline, and further commits to reduce its scope 3 emissions from business travel by 35% per employee over the same time period. Our emissions reduction targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative as consistent with levels required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and are considered ambitious. The SBTi’s Target Validation Team has classified our scope 1 and 2 target ambition as in line with a 1.5°C trajectory.
  • We have long been a sustainability frontrunner in the industry, achieving carbon neutral status for the past ten years in a row. Since 2011, we have reduced our scope 1 and 2 emissions by 84% by converting to 100% renewable electricity, improving the energy efficiency of our office spaces and finding ways to reduce waste from our operations. In 2014, we set a goal to get to a 90% reduction by 2030.
  • Since 2012, Bain has been formally certified by Natural Capital Partners as a CarbonNeutral® company across its global operations. We offset 100% of all our Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas emissions and all business travel emissions, including all flights, hotels and taxis.
  • We signed the Business Ambition for 1.5⁰C commitment letter in 2020, committing to achieve 100% net-zero carbon across all of our operations by 2030.
  • Our local office green teams are made up of employees who are passionate about reducing our environmental impact and who champion local sustainability initiatives. They help us to further minimize waste and conserve energy around the globe.

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Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to creating the extraordinary teams required to generate breakthrough results for our clients, and that includes diversity of experience, background, strengths and perspective.

We continue to build our understanding of these issues, including the need to address unconscious bias. Helping to lead these efforts are our aforementioned six formal global affinity groups.

In addition to our internal efforts, we are active participants in the broader dialogue about diversity and inclusion; we have published extensively on this topic, including a number of pieces on gender parity.

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Bain continuously strives to conduct business in a sustainable and responsible way by enhancing our governance and risk management policies and procedures, and expanding our training programs on professionalism and ethical standards, and sourcing and procuring in a sustainable way.

                          

Bold Steps for Climate Change

The firm announced an aggressive set of goals to help curb global warming by 1.5°C, in line with its commitment to the Science-Based Targets Initiative.

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Additional Materials

Additional Materials

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