Our Responsible Business Impact

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.

How can we measure our impact as an organisation?

Our impact – our emissions as a businessScope 2 emissions from electricity use in our offices
Scope 3 emissions from business travel, employee commuting, working from home, treatment of waste.
Our influence as a customerScope 3 emissions from our supply chain.
Our advice as a consultancyThe work we do for our clients.
Our expertise within the industryContributing to knowledge base and best practice through publications, industry task groups, institutions and conferences.
Our action in the local communityInvolvement in local climate and net-zero groups, advising a local school on energy efficiency opportunities, participation in a local council consultation on Environment and Climate strategy.

Acclaro’s emissions as a micro business are very small, but we recognise that our influence to reduce emissions is much wider than our immediate carbon footprint. During 2020 we aim to define how we measure the areas above, to truly understand our impact and maximise our social value going forwards.

Starting at home: Our emissions as a business

Emissions inventory:

Increased emissions per FTE in 19/20 are largely due to significant business travel taking place. In recognition of the impact of COVID-19 on our ways of working, we have also started reporting emissions from working from home (WFH). We see this as important because while we are not physically working within Acclaro’s business premises we are continuing to use energy on behalf of Acclaro. We feel that as a responsible business we should continue to measure this impact as we change our ways of working for the future.

Reducing our GHG footprint

Our sources of significant emissions include business travel, and electricity usage in our office. To minimise our emissions, we use naturally ventilated office accommodation, located by public transport links. Public transport is promoted for business-related travel, with use of telecommunications encouraged to reduce the need for travel. We specifically request our clients provide all communication and documentation electronically where possible to reduce paper consumption.