As a growing sustainability practice, alongside our role helping our clients to reduce their own environmental footprint and improve their social value, we have a role to do the same for ourselves. As the subject has evolved and a better understanding of valuing social and environmental activities has come to the fore, we have also adapted our approach to sustainability reporting.
To date we have been communicating our full greenhouse gas emissions as a business, although this provided a relatively simplistic view directly related to the level of work we provided and skewed by the need to travel. Operating a lean business model where the office was naturally ventilated with little waste generated, engagement with customers through technology, travel to work by public transport and the use of local suppliers the norm meant our impacts were already low and we were well adapted to life in a pandemic.
Developing this approach further, we are looking to understand the value that we provide to our clients, the communities that we operate in and the various committees we serve on. All of these have a direct and indirect benefit which will help to place a value on the support we provide and help to provide a more balanced approach to how we view success.
This year we will be releasing a new valuation of the sustainability benefits and value that we have as an organisation capturing both the impacts and the services provided in a balanced model. We will also look to offset the unavoidable emissions of the business from the start in line with high quality offset principals.