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We help clients solve the equation of growth and sustainability

Our approach

Tying sustainability to value creation

Accelerating the transition to a low-carbon and sustainable-growth economy is one of the most pressing challenges facing businesses and governments today—and handled in the right way, it can also create significant opportunities for growth and innovation. We draw on decades of global consulting experience to help clients focus on the sustainability issues that matter most to them and deliver economic value as well as better environmental and social outcomes.

Providing performance improvements for new players and incumbents

Rapid technological innovation, shifting policy priorities, and evolving expectations from citizens can cause significant business and economic disruptions. New players offering novel technologies, products, and services and incumbents who provide essential energy, infrastructure, and goods need to develop innovative business models, products, and investment strategies to improve their performance and build a more sustainable future.

Offering an integrated cross-sector perspective

Our teams of consultants and experts bring global experience across industries from energy and transport to agriculture and consumer goods and business functions from strategy and risk to operations and digital technology. The integrated, system-level perspective we offer helps clients address sustainability systematically across their organizations.

Bringing distinctive knowledge and digital tools

We invest in proprietary research and tech-enabled tools to create cutting-edge insights, techniques, and methods that we use in our work with clients. We also build clients’ capabilities at scale to ensure that projects continue to deliver benefits long after our involvement has come to an end.

Examples of our work


tCO2 equivalent reduced

in the supply chain of a major retailer, while reducing $40M in costs


in annual savings

for a food company by using sustainable materials


GtCO2 reduction

by 2030 through carbon capture by supplier of industrial gas

Pathways to a low-carbon Europe

Developing feasible routes for decarbonizing the European economy.

Developing a green growth strategy for a diversified conglomerate

Creating strategies to reduce carbon emissions while positioning the group for long-term growth.

How a city paved the way to a new low-carbon economy

An environmentally aware city tackles the next frontier of carbon abatement opportunities.

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Knowledge partnerships

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Building a circular economy with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

For several years, McKinsey has partnered with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to build a fact base on the economic and environmental benefits of a circular economy. This work has resulted in three recent publications: The circular economy opportunity for urban and industrial innovation in China, “A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future,” and The new plastics economy: Rethinking the future of plastics.

Establishing a framework for fostering effective energy transitions with the World Economic Forum

During a three-year knowledge partnership with the World Economic Forum, that included groundbreaking work on energy industry standards, diversity, and game changers, McKinsey analyzed 114 countries’ energy systems’ performance and their readiness for a transition to a lower-carbon future. The frequently quoted work resulted in a new methodology, an open access tool and in the report Fostering effective energy transition: A fact-based framework to support decision-making.

Featured Insights


No time to waste: What plastics recycling could offer

– Plastics waste is hurting the chemical industry as well as the environment. By taking the lead on recycling, chemical players could add a new dimension to the industry and help solve the problem.

How industry can move toward a low-carbon future

– Cutting industry’s carbon emissions will require significant investment and coordinated effort among businesses, governments, and other stakeholders.

Urban commercial transport and the future of mobility

– Commercial traffic clogs city streets, contributes to pollution, and drives up the cost of doing business. But there are many ways to do better.

The circular economy: Moving from theory to practice

– A special collection of articles about the transition taking place as companies use circular-economy concepts to capture more value from resources and to provide customers with better experiences.

An integrated perspective on the future of mobility

– A number of social, economic, and technological trends will work together to disrupt mobility, potentially creating three new urban models by 2030.

Stemming the tide: Land-based strategies for a plastic-free ocean

– Ocean Conservancy and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment led a comprehensive effort to analyze where the majority of ocean plastic comes from and how it leaks into the ocean, examine leakage pathways in different regions, and investigate potential plastic waste reduction solutions and the economics of each.