Paper Procurement and Consumption - PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy

Paper Procurement and Decreasing Consumption - PricewaterhouseCoopers, WWF's Green Office example 2013 

The PricewaterhouseCoopers office in Helsinki, Finland kicked off their Green Office activities with an event called “Pandan polku” (the Panda’s pathway). A giant panda bear visited the office to pass around liquorice (a Finnish favourite) and sign employees up for the Green Office ambassador network. All in all, 185 people signed up, which is approximately 30% of the whole office.

Decreasing paper consumption and purchasing FSC

One of the best achievements that the PwC Green Office has made is its usage of paper. Through actions such as setting printing defaults to double-sided, introducing a new secure printing system and executing a communications campaign, significant reductions were attained. During 2012, they were able to reduce paper consumption by 18% per person compared to the previous year. In the three years that they have been part of the Green Office programme, they have managed to reduce paper consumption by 36% per person.

In addition to fantastic reductions in the amount of paper used, the office has further improved their ecological footprint by using FSC-certified paper in their publications, for example in their in-house and client magazines. In addition, they have modified their procurement guidelines so that envelopes purchased must include recycled content.

PwC also promotes environmental theme weeks at the office, such as Fair Trade week. Earth Hour is also a yearly tradition at PwC.


- Johanna Niemelä / Green Office Coordinator