Accountant records seven-figure social value contribution

By Tim Aldred

01 Nov 2023

Geraldine Finn of Beever And Struthers

Blackburn-based chartered accountant and business advisor Beever and Struthers generated £1.8m in social value contribution during 2022.

The firm, which also has offices in Birmingham, Manchester and London, has measured its carbon and social value contribution for 2022 and has achieved its fourth consecutive year of Planet Mark Business Certification while generating £1,773,524 in social value contributions.

Its social value per employee is £7,239, which represents 11.4 per cent of its turnover and the firm has invested £1,174,331 into its people.

The firm invested £532,514 in volunteering and supporting the local community, while staff volunteered 30 hours for environmental conservation & sustainable ecosystem management initiatives.

Planet Mark is an internationally recognised sustainability certification that verifies and measures carbon and social data, helping organisations to reduce emissions and make contributions towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Although Planet Mark members are committed to measuring and reducing their carbon emissions annually, Beever and Struthers is accelerating its sustainability journey by calculating its Social Value contribution through the Themes, Outcomes and Measures (TOMs) framework.

Beever and Struthers’ measured carbon footprint for Scopes 1, 2 and core elements of Scope 3 stands at 98.5 tCO2e, working towards being net zero by 2050. The firm will prioritise continuing to embed sustainability into its business operations and achieving annual Planet Mark Business Certification.

This will be achieved by following Planet Mark’s three-step process: Measuring its impact, engaging everyone in the business and communicating its progress. 

The firm works with suppliers who are able to evidence their commitments to sustainability with accreditations, while ensuring that its employees have access to a range of carbon literacy training to enable them to make carbon reductions in the workplace and at home. 

Geraldine Finn, marketing and business development director, Beever and Struthers, said: “We’re incredibly proud of our social value contribution and are grateful to our team for their commitment, time and passion. Measuring and improving our environmental and social impact is central to our firm’s ethos and we have found that this has helped us to attract and retain talent. It’s clear that employees want to work for organisations who prioritise sustainability and consider it holistically.”

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