As the focus of the world turns to Glasgow for COP26, we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the actions we are taking to play our part in the fight against climate change.
“This is more than a wake-up call, this is an emergency – climate change represents our largest single environmental challenge, and we are already seeing the consequences of it not only in the UK but around the world. Together we can make a difference if we act now.”
– Roger Weatherby, CEO.
Our journey to carbon neutral
Over the past few years we have made a number of changes and implemented environmentally friendly initiatives including the installation of solar panels, the switch to LED lighting, the introduction of light sensors, the review of printing and ensuring our staff only undertake essential business travel.
We have also switched to the use of 100% renewable energy across our offices – these combined measures have resulted in a 97% reduction in our direct carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Any emissions that we have not been able to eliminate at this point have been offset to support the environment.
We engaged with Carbon Footprint Limited and its team of environmental consultants to map our carbon footprint. They subsequently create a programme to achieve a greener position, contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project consisted of a thorough analysis of all our activity ensuring stringent criteria and standards to achieve a carbon-neutral status.
The race to net zero
We have committed to becoming net zero which will require further change and innovation as a business. We will also seek to gain external accreditation, through B Corp, who have developed a global gold standard in social and environmental impact assessment and will demonstrate our long-term support and commitment to these important aspects of our business.
This achievement is a part of our overall commitment to embed Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) principles throughout our business. Since 2018, we have held the Creating The Future event, bringing together world-renowned speakers to explore the world’s biggest challenges, such as the environment, that will affect future generations.
CEO, Roger Weatherby says: “As several of our keynote speakers warned at this year’s Creating The Future event, tangible progress must be made to prevent a catastrophic planetary and humanitarian disaster.
“This is just the beginning of our journey as a business. We now plan to work towards a B Corp Certification and deal with our indirect impact by working across our supply chain as well as continuing to engage our client base in this most crucial of debates.”