Our commitment to sustainability

With the built environment estimated to be responsible for around 40% of global carbon emissions, RICS is championing sustainable practices across the built and natural environment. This includes assessing and, where possible, reducing our own impact on the environment.

As part of our commitment to a transparent environment, social and governance (ESG) programme, RICS is fully committed to understanding and reducing our carbon footprint. This is done in conjunction with our accredited certification Environmental and Energy Management System as well as the ISO 50001:2018 and ISO 14001:2015 international standards.


Achievements during the RICS 2020-21 financial year include:

  • Transition of our Energy Management System to the ISO 50001:2018 standard for all RICS UK activities under the scope of the application of an energy management system. This assesses the use of energy within occupied premises to support the design, consultancy and commercial use of rooms, facilities and activities.
  • Integration of the existing Energy Management System and a new Environmental Management System to form an integrated Environmental and Energy Management System that holds accredited certification to the ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 50001:2018 standards.
  • Increased management of energy used in company transport by road.
  • Rationalisation of our global estate in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


For more on sustainability see Sustainability (rics.org)

"My little boy loved ‘working’ with me for the afternoon and getting to watch a real magic show. He was amazed that he could see other RICS families from all over the world. It was lovely to watch him feel so involved and engaged with what I do."

Tamsin Livermore, Partner Development Manager

Appreciation and recognition

This year, RICS colleagues sent 1,259 messages of appreciation through our digital recognition platform to recognise outstanding contributions to our success.

We have continued to work flexibly with all our employees to ensure inclusion remains at the top of our agenda, and our 2020 gender pay gap report reflects this, showing a further narrowing of our median gender pay gap measurement. Our median gender pay gap has almost halved over the past three years.

We are committed to improvements where there are still differences, and this is something our people feel passionate about too. Our employee-led inclusion group meets monthly to discuss how we can make things better around a range of issues, including mental health, disability and neurodiversity, inclusion for women, and specific race and cultural inclusion issues in different countries.