Better Business
by Doing Good

Connecting our CSR strategy with global priorities

We work hard to make the Firm an engaging, enjoyable and rewarding place for our people to work.

However, we are also socially-conscious and Inspiring Better Business By Doing Good is a key part of the firm’s purpose and culture.

A good place to start

Working to make the United nations SDGs a reality

The United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a call to action to:

“end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity”

Using the SDGs as a starting point for our CSR strategy, we created ‘pillars’ with goals that align with our firm’s Purpose and where we feel we can make the greatest impact.

Aligning SDG goals to our pillars

Community

Health & Wellbeing

Diversity & Inclusion

Creating Leaders

Climate Change

our five CSR Pillars

Making an impact by focusing on…

Community

 

In 2016 we created Ecovis London Foundation (ELF) charity as an initiative to break the cycle of homelessness in our community. Our focus is to give training and support to help homeless and vulnerable people get back into work, and achieve independence and security.

Throughout the COVID crisis we’ve been running our #wereinthistogether series of blogs, videos and Q&As to support our business community. By teaming up with specialists in IT, HR, Wellbeing, Legal and Finance, we continue to share practical tips as well as client experiences. Together, we can stay stronger as we come out of lockdown and into the next stages of this social and economic crisis.

Our only agenda in doing this is to help. As part of this we’re offering free check-in sessions to all our client community as we are in this together.

Health & Wellbeing

 

We care about the health and wellbeing of our people, but during the COVID-19 pandemic it is more important than ever. Our trained Mental Health First Aid champions and membership to an Employee Assistance programme give everyone access to extra support. Above all, we need to help our team cope with the pressures of blending work and life which can lead to anxiety, lack of focus and decreased morale.

In addition, to help bring balance and health to our lifestyles, we have introduced enhanced flexible working policies. Our overriding aim is to give everyone greater autonomy over their work and personal lives whilst still delivering quality work and exceptional customer service.

Diversity & Inclusion

 

There are many reasons why focusing on diversity and inclusion is good for business. Creating an environment that values a diverse workforce brings in new ways of thinking and working. Not only does this enhance the productivity of an organisation, it also attracts and retains talent. But, above all, it’s the right thing to do.

Diversity and inclusion are a priority for our business. Accepting people for who they are from day one lies at the heart of our culture. We are proud to be a diverse company. This is reflected right from the top in our mix of partners, diverse recruitment practices and transparent reporting.

Our D&I champions do a fantastic job in heightening our awareness. From writing weekly articles and sharing recipes to celebrating religious festivals and cultures to running book and film clubs to promote thought-provoking content. In short, all these initiatives help to make D&I a cornerstone of our business.

Creating Leaders of Tomorrow

 Creating leaders of tomorrow is one of our values which came out strongly during our journey to find our ‘why’. We believe everyone has a part to play in shaping our business.

Sharing knowledge by teaching rather than preaching, we seek to enrich lives by giving control, enabling opportunities and encouraging progress. We offer training, mentoring and CPD for our graduates, school leavers, apprentices, interns, work placements and more experienced members of the team. Through these inititiatives, we continue to nurture and empower our people – and ultimately create inspirational leaders of tomorrow.

Our work extends beyond our organisation. Investing time to hold workshops and mentoring at schools (such as Westminster STEAM week or Inspire!), we aim to provide pathways for less privileged, underrepresented students. Simple gestures, such as donating our unused laptops to our local schools can make a difference.

Climate Change

 

Net Zero strategies for a carbon-neutral future present the most significant opportunity for us to tackle climate change. In this pillar we seek to identify and prioritise projects which will build momentum on our net zero journey.

Encouraging the use of our Cycle to Work scheme and extending our WFH flexible working policy reduces transport emissions. Going paperless, using energy-efficient hot water taps and taking the stairs rather than the lift – these are just a few of the initiatives we have adopted at our office in our levelling up agenda. But there is so much more we can learn and should be doing.

One of our CSR goals for 2022 includes training ourselves up on how to bring sustainability into our accountancy practice. We are in the prime position to educate both ourselves and our clients and to change our behaviours for the better.

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