Accountancy firms have a big role to play in helping to create a more sustainable future, not just for themselves but also for the ecosystems and markets in which they operate.
As a result of remote and hybrid working, there are fewer people travelling in and out of the workplace every day, which has had an impact on energy use.
Meanwhile, many firms have established committees that feed into their sustainable strategic agenda. From eradicating single-use plastic in the workplace, to reducing paper and print, managing partners are exploring ways for their firm to be more sustainable. From an advisory perspective, they are also exploring potential growth areas by helping sectors, firms and customers with best practice and their own transition to a more sustainable future.
Clients are increasingly scrutinising firms on their purpose and ESG credentials – a firm is assessed not just on quality and price but on what they’re doing or not doing when it comes to sustainability. This could become equally, if not more, important than costs and service, and will drive change.
Future-proofing tip: Can you become a leader in sustainability to attract talent and support clients? What steps can you take to understand your carbon footprint on the journey to net zero?