Key moments

Support all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


14,000+ hours donated by employees to pro bono initiatives


$1M commitment to social and racial justice causes by the end of 2021


100% carbon neutral since 2010

Driving positive impact

We seek to make a positive social impact for our clients, people, planet and communities in three primary areas—Kearney’s 3Es. Our 3Es cover all 17 SDGs and guide the work of our teams globally.

Economic development

Economic development

We work to expand economic opportunities for people around the world.

Energy and sustainability

Energy and sustainability

We help companies, nonprofits, and governments reap the rewards of becoming truly sustainable.

Education and workforce

Education and workforce

We believe education is the path to a better society.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Kearney has always been dedicated to supporting the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs)  through our client engagements, thought leadership, and pro bono work. In March 2018, Kearney became a signatory of the UN Global Compact, a set of 10 principles covering the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. In our annual communication on progress, we describe our actions to mix the Global Compact’s principles into our consulting work with our clients and partners, our culture, and our day-to-day operations.

Our clients

We drive positive impact with our clients through our innovative ideas and commitment to helping our clients realize their ambitions. We are thought leaders on social impact and sustainability. Our Kearney Energy Transition Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides leading insights on global trends in energy transition, technologies, and strategic implications for private-sector businesses and public-sector institutions.
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Our planet

Kearney was the first management consulting firm to become carbon neutral (2010). We measure our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and offset unavoidable emissions through the purchase of carbon credits, supporting projects like hydropower and waste gas recovery.
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Our people

Social impact, including sustainability, is vital for our people—more than 90 percent of our colleagues around the world say it is important to them. We are dedicated to creating opportunities for everyone to engage with sustainability through our clients, our local office initiatives, social impact externships, volunteering, and beyond. Not only is social impact and sustainability a core component of our expertise and skill set, but it is also a central path to joy for our people.
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Our community

We create positive impact in our communities on both a global and local level. 

We are a strategic partner of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs and institutional change leaders. Kearney’s partnership with Ashoka aims to create and deliver innovative programs across multi-stakeholder groups to scale social innovation and create positive system change. This combines Ashoka’s strengths in social entrepreneurship with Kearney’s track record in being the difference for clients, employees, and society at large. For example:

We also partner with local organizations, through pro bono consulting, mentoring, volunteering, philanthropy, and more. For example:

  • We partnered with Civic Consulting Alliance to help Cook County create a more eff-ective system for bond court, which currently leaves many poor people stuck in jail for minor crimes until they can post bond
  • We supported an African wildlife park management NGO to scale its operating model up from 10 to 20 wildlife parks
  • We worked with a Ministry of Education to create a 10-year strategy for implementing learning best practices

Our suppliers

Kearney strives to conduct business in an ethical and honest manner and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. We strongly believe that certain principles are fundamental to our success and it is crucial that suppliers that provide goods and services to Kearney recognize the roles they play as critical participants in fulfilling our commitment to compliance and integrity.

These principles around ethical business practices, labor and human rights, equal opportunity and diversity, as well as environmental impact and sustainability are established in our Supplier Code of Conduct and describe how Kearney conducts business and the type of culture we expect our suppliers to foster.