Better Business
by Doing Good

Connecting our ESG strategy with global priorities

Inspiring Better Business By Doing Good is a key part of the firm’s purpose and culture.

Our Vision is to be renowned for our inspirational people, positive culture, and ability to deliver outstanding results. Crucially, we want our business to lead by example in contributing to a sustainable future.

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 ESG 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

Planet

People

Governance

How we target and measure our impact

Adopting a framework to demonstrate transparency

Knowing how to navigate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) challenges can be daunting. Through data-driven analysis, we are gaining invaluable in-depth sustainability reporting and sector-specific benchmarking insights and intelligence.

Using an innovative research platform, we gain holistic and accurate diagnostics for each pillar, helping us to improve and monitor our resiliency and sustainability. This unique model for assessing ESG combines established international frameworks (such as SDGs and Global Core Indicators) with the skills of entrepreneurs, investors and tech professionals.

Having clarity over our current ESG position and confidence about how to make positive changes enables us to be transparent in demonstrating our impact. Above all, it means we can foster growth whilst ensuring our business is a genuine force for good.

Our Three ESG Pillars

Making an impact step by step…

Planet

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. We employ GHG Protocol and utilise Net Zero Now, a third-party tool for emissions calculations and reporting.

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.

We are in the prime position to educate ourselves, our clients and our suppliers in order to change our behaviours for the better. By carrying out risk assessments we can ensure we are taking responsibility across our entire procurement, supply chain and logistics operations.

People

We care about the health and wellbeing of our people and appreciate that living with a mental health problem can often have an impact on day-to-day life, making things that others might not think about a bit more difficult.

Over 10% of our workforce are trained Mental Health First Aid champions, equipping them with the skills to spot the signs of poor mental health, the confidence to start a conversation and the knowledge to signpost to appropriate support. To help bring balance and health to our lifestyles, we have introduced enhanced flexible working policies.

Creating leaders of tomorrow is one of our values which came out strongly during our journey to find our ‘why’. We offer training, mentoring and CPD for our graduates, school leavers, apprentices, interns, work placements and more experienced members of the team. Through these initiatives and clear career progression pathways, we continue to nurture and empower our people.

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.

We are also a London Living Wage employer because we believe a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.

Governance

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.

We continue to pair our goals with concrete actions to better integrate good governance into core business activities. Along with a working knowledge of mainstream ESG frameworks, we align our ESG strategy with best practices and standards, including the UNSDG’s, SASB, FCA SDRs, the GHG Protocol and TCFD.

Community investment – 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.

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