Beever and Struthers achieve Planet Mark certification on carbon footprint reduction

Date: 21/09/2021
Author: Beever and Struthers
Company: Beever and Struthers

Beever and Struthers, an award-winning firm of chartered accountants and business advisors in Manchester, Blackburn, Birmingham, and London have achieved the Planet Mark certification.  

This is Beever and Struthers’ second year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. Since  providing data to Planet Mark, they have set a target to reduce their emissions by 5% annually. 

Beever and Struthers’ total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2020 was 83.1 tCO2e, a reduction of 25.8% on  the previous year. Beever and Struthers’ total carbon per employee in the year ending 2020 was 0.4 tCO2e, a reduction of  25.6%.  

Beever and Struthers have also had their Social Value contribution measured by Planet Mark, this amounted to £42,609,  in categories including: people, community and volunteering, donations, and environmental impacts. 

Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of Planet Mark, commented: “Beever and Struthers has done fantastic work in a difficult  year for many businesses. Cutting carbon by over 25% across the practice is a message to its suppliers, clients, and  competitors – Beevers’ means business on climate change. Achieving such cuts requires dedication and drive across their  team, and real engagement with the processes that cause carbon emissions. I’m proud of the team’s efforts this year and  hope to see further progress in the future.” 

Maria Hallows (pictured), Executive Partner at Beever and Struthers, commented: “The Planet Mark certification demonstrates Beever and Struthers’ commitment to addressing climate change by running a sustainable business and working to reduce  our carbon footprint.” 

Through Planet Mark, Beever and Struthers has helped protect an area of endangered rainforest inhabited by the  Ashaninka Indigenous community through a collaboration with Cool Earth, a charity working alongside rainforest  communities to halt deforestation.  

Employees are central to Beever and Struthers achieving its sustainability goals. Their engagement, knowledge, skills, and  influence will drive further change in the practice. Beever and Struthers is championing collective change by asking for 12  volunteers to visit the Eden project in the coming months. Beever and Struthers is also proud to be part of The Green  Business Membership, a membership organisation helping to champion sustainable business in the North West of England.  

Like all sectors, professional and financial advisors have a responsibility to tackle climate change. A 2021 survey from PwC  showed 70% of CEOs are making greater commitments on climate change. This boardroom level shift towards climate  action must be followed by their supply chains. Professional and financial advisors must be able to apply their expertise to  sustainability if they are to remain competitive. Demonstrating a company’s own measures to reduce their environmental  impact is an essential way to promote knowledge and authority on adapting to a low carbon future.