We are passionate about sustainability.

This is why we continually review the choices we make to meet our long-term vision. We use our unique blend of skills and resources to unlock the potential for growth in our people, our clients and our communities.

Environmental impact

The firm is committed to the protection of the environment. Our aim is to reduce pollution and minimise environmental impacts through our operations and services.

Our overall 2020 environmental goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by 5%.

Travel

We ask our people to think consider both the cost and the environmental impact of their journey.  In 2016/17 the rolling 12-month average emissions per person for non-billable travel has reduced by 24%. This means, our carbon emissions saving through non-billable travel alone is equivalent to preventing the burning of 40 tonnes of coal. 

Ecosia

We encourage all employees to change their default search engine to Ecosia to support their mission of planting 1 billion trees in 25 of the most threatened ecosystems by 2020. This helps reduce paper consumption and reverse the effect we've had on the environment. 

Reporting and monitoring

Our environmental management system across the UK is compliant with ISO 14001 and is audited annually.

We look to encourage and support the UN Global Compact Environment Principals, through various initiatives and policies. We comply with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and report to the Carbon Disclosure Project annually.

Supporting communities

We support local communities by offering our individual and collective time, skills and expertise.

We actively support a variety of charities and social enterprises, encouraging our people to give something back by volunteering, making donations or fundraising. We have a Matched Funding Scheme in place to supplement personal fundraising efforts and choose to do the right thing when humanitarian or natural earth disasters strike through our Special Appeals.

Supporting global entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs in the developing world need ready access to safe finance to grow their business. Microfinance is an innovative lending vehicle that enables easy and affordable loans where traditional banking is simply not available. Of 600 million small business owners worldwide, less than 2% have access to safe finance. Our relationships with lendwithcare.org and deki.org.uk (two UK-based microfinance providers) enable our people to loan small sums directly to global entrepreneurs through secure in-country NGOs.

Since 2013, we have supported nearly 3000 global entrepreneurs across 14 countries with over £35,000 of combined loans. To see the impact, watch William Doh’s story, a fisherman building his business in Togo.

Mental wellbeing

Five peak performers across business and sport share their experiences and insights with mental health and resilience.

Find out more: Mental health and resilience for peak performance

Creating local value partnerships

Read more about how our Leeds and Bristol offices have supported their local communities.

  • Regional case study – Leeds office – The Christmas Dinner (TCD)
  • Regional case study – Bristol office – The Prince’s Trust

School enterprise programme

Our School Enterprise Programme develops financial and entrepreneurial skills of Year 7 and 8 students and supports entrepreneurs in the developing world. This programme meets the Key Stage 3 curriculum, gives students the opportunity to create their own microbusiness, invest in the developing world and gain financial and enterprise skills through real-life experience. Read about our success with Rivers Academy.

Modern slavery

The firm is working towards establishing a zero-tolerance position on violations of anti-human trafficking and anti-modern slavery laws. If we find breaches of these laws within our supply chain, we will look to support companies in their efforts to comply with the legislation. We will also actively consider how we support or conduct business with organisations involved in slavery, human trafficking, forced or child labour.  See here for our Modern Slavery Statement.

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