Environmental activities

Improving our environmental performance

Reducing our impact on the environment. It's a vital consideration in all our activities. We are introducing an increasing number of environmentally responsible programs throughout our business. Together, each initiative is ensuring we reduce waste and emissions, and promote sustainable practices.

Highlighting our achievements

These are just some of a growing range of environmental initiatives that are helping Russell Investments reduce its impact on the natural world.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions: many of our offices have sustainability certifications and ratings, reflecting how they limit greenhouse gases.

We are proud that our success has been acknowledged by several organizations:1

  • Seattle – LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-certified, 100 ENERGY STAR® score
  • New York – LEED O + M
  • Chicago – LEED – CI 1.0
  • Sydney – NABERS Energy rating 5 stars, NABERS Water rating 3.5 stars (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) on a 6-star scale
  • Toronto – LEED Gold (EB:OM)
  • Amsterdam – BREEAM In-Use certified (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method)

As well, we are further reducing our costs and our carbon footprint by:

  • Lowering energy and water consumption: a voluntary program of improved energy efficiency and reduced water consumption is in place
  • Managing waste and materials: we are committed to reducing and recycling non-hazardous waste
  • Using recycled materials: we incorporate recycled materials within our working environment, wherever possible
  • Promoting paperless environments: for example, introducing electronic supply-chain transactions
  • Hosting genuinely sustainable corporate events, featuring carbon offsets, digital materials, sustainable food and venues and the avoidance of single-use plastic.

Russell Investments has acknowledged the benefits of reducing business travel, and in offsetting travel emissions. Our corporate values acknowledge the importance of stewarding our clients' assets, trust and fees. This stewardship has contributed to a gradual reduction in corporate travel over the last decade which, in turn, reduces our carbon footprint.



Seattle: LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-certified (2012), 100 ENERGY STAR® score (re-certified 2019), https://www.usgbc.org/projects/russell-investments-center

New York: LEED OM (Operations and Maintenance) Existing Buildings v-3 (2009) https://www.usgbc.org/projects/3-bryant-park

Chicago: LEED -CI 1.0 Pilot (2006); https://www.usgbc.org/projects/71-south-wacker

Sydney: National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) Energy rating 5.0 stars, NABERS Water rating 3 .5 stars on a 6-star scale. (2109) https://www.nabers.gov.au/

Toronto: LEED Gold (EB:OM) (2012); https://www.brookfieldproperties.com//en/our-properties/first-canadian-place-284.html

Amsterdam: BREEAM In-Use certified (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method)  (2017) https://wtcamsterdam.com/sites/default/files/wtc17-ma04-lr.pdf