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Environmental Principles

Our environmental principles provide strategic direction and common guidance on the commitments Northern Trust has taken to protect the environment.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Read our current statement of greenhouse gas emissions.
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    Stakeholders in a healthy planet.

    Exceeding environmental stewardship standards around the globe. Our long-term financial prospects, and those of our clients, are tied to the health of the planet. We embrace the principles of sustainability and seek to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We seek to integrate environmental considerations into our decision-making process, and are committed to the continual improvement of our environmental practices. > Read about our environmental principles.




    Participant in CDP
    As a participant in the CDP, Northern Trust calculates and discloses its greenhouse gas emissions yearly using available data and assumptions in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol of the World Resources Institute, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Our historic disclosures are available for review at


    Global Employee Engagement through the Sustainability Network
    The Sustainability Network aims to increase awareness of sustainability issues, promote best practices and unify environmentally focused business operations. Through close collaboration between our building managers and employee-volunteer sustainability champions, the Network delivers consistent environmental messages, gauges employee feedback and advocates for conservation.

    Managing Our Supply Chain to Encourage Sustainability
    Our supply chain contracts ask our vendors to detail their environmental policies and initiatives, which we use to determine whether their sustainability goals and operations align with those of Northern Trust. A vendor’s upstream procurement policy helps us ensure environmental performance from our service and product suppliers.

    United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment
    As a member of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), Northern Trust collaborates with our peers to understand current and emerging environmental, social and governance challenges, why they matter to finance and how to actively participate in addressing them.