“We are proud to be the world’s first carbon negative beer business and one of the very first businesses to offset the carbon footprint of all of its employees (and their dogs).”
James Watt, co-founder of BrewDog
Microsoft announces it will be carbon negative by 2030. The John Lewis Partnership has brought forward its net zero goal by 15 years, pledging to become a net zero carbon business by 2035. NHS England has set a new target to become net zero by 2040. IKEA opens a store for its second-hand furniture. And, now, even BrewDog employees’ dogs are carbon negative.
Fail to have a Sustainable Development plan and to be acting on it now, and you will be left behind.
Fail to be focusing on your social responsibilities as a business, and you will be left behind.
Limit your thinking to simply your impacts on the environment, and you will be left behind.
Because your customers and the talent you want to work in and with your business are increasingly calling for business to make kinder choices:
- They expect your business to do what it can to minimise its impact on global warming.
- They expect the environments and communities in which you operate to be enriched by your presence.
- They want your business to hire and develop talent in ways that are equal, diverse, and inclusive.
- They want your voice to stand against intolerance and divisiveness and speak up for tolerance and inclusivity.
- They expect you to use COVID-19 to “build back better” and create a world that doesn’t go back and repeat the mistakes of the past.
- They expect you to make kinder choices in the communities you operate in and serve.
Our definition of communities isn’t just the people who live and work there – it’s the natural and the built environments; it’s the histories and traditions; the sense of place and belonging. It’s the value you add and the legacy you leave.
In 2015 the United Nations published 17 Sustainable Development Goals – a call to “build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.” They are 17 goals that will create a kinder planet. Where is your business contributing to these?
We audit your impact on communities in three areas:
- Are you committed to living and working sustainably?
- Do you have a positive impact on the local communities in which you operate?
- Do you have a positive effect on the global communities on which you have impact?