Reporting Boundary: Manchester, Blackburn,
London and Birmingham offices
Emission Sources: Electricity, T&D Losses, Natural Gas, Water, Business Travel, Waste, Paper,
Courier and Homeworking (excluded from footprint)
Reporting Period: 01 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021
We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.
We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 9 SDG.
Beever and Struthers is a National award-winning firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors. The company has been providing accountancy and financial advice to clients for over 100 years.
Beever and Struthers, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors with offices in Manchester, Blackburn, Birmingham, and London, have achieved Planet Mark Business Certification for the third year.
Working across a variety of sector specialisms including , social housing, charity, education, property and construction and manufacturing and engineering, Beever and Struthers provides accountancy and financial advice to clients but is also committed to reducing its carbon footprint and achieving net zero by 2050.
Beever and Struthers states that its biggest carbon challenge involves travelling to clients, but due to meetings moving online indefinitely when the pandemic hit, this has now been reduced by 75%. In the past year the firm has reduced its carbon footprint by 25.8%, with a 33.9% reduction in carbon reduction per employee. In order to reduce carbon emissions caused by commuting, the firm offers its staff a mileage car-sharing policy, a cycle-to-work scheme and its new Manchester office does not have a car park to support the city in its target of halving emissions by 2025.
Educating and engaging staff is at the heart of Beever and Struthers’ sustainability strategy. Its Carbon Literary courses have helped colleagues become aware of the firm’s Planet Mark Certification, climate change science, and the impact that every individual can have in the fight to halt the climate crisis.
The firm has embedded staff engagement as well as Planet Mark’s ‘Do More Good’ philosophy into its lunch and learn programme by educating staff on the importance of certification and donating the cost of a drink and lunch to a food bank for every person that attends.
“Beever and Struthers has taken the bold step of placing environmental sustainability at the heart of its strategy and is driven by its belief that it has the responsibility to make a difference. Its Carbon Literacy courses, donation-driven lunch and learns, and commitment to helping Manchester Council succeed in its carbon reduction ambitions, showcases the firm’s passion and commitment for the community and staff engagement.”
Through Planet Mark Business Certification, Beever and Struthers is committed to strengthening its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy and contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. By measuring and reducing its carbon footprint, it is directly and measurably contributing to 9 SDGs.
“Sustainability is the backbone of everything we do and measuring our carbon footprint with Planet Mark has made us think about the impact of our actions. As we are a national firm with our head office and hear in Manchester, it’s really important that we are supporting Manchester and its targets.” Measuring some core elements of our Scope 3 emissions helped us to consider our environmental and social governance and how we could only make a difference if our staff were engaged and we had their support. We are not afraid to be brave and bold and get our staff on board with our journey and adapt to change.”
Beever and Struthers notes that having Planet Mark accreditation has helped the firm to win business and believes that in the future will help it to gain a competitive advantage. Planet Mark has helped by providing a wealth of resources and guides to assist the firm on its carbon reduction journey.
The firm also tracks and reports on its social value contributions using the TOMs methodology – Themes, Outcomes and Measures – which is a framework for delivering excellence in measuring and reporting social value. This refers to the net social and environmental benefits generated by teambeevers. Its Social Value contribution amounted to £88k, in categories including people, community and volunteering, donations, and environmental impacts.
Through Planet Mark, Beever and Struthers has protected seven acres of endangered rainforest thanks to Cool Earth; a charity working alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation. Its pledge through Cool Earth directly supports the Asháninka community in Central Peru. It has also helped the Eden Project – an educational charity, building connections with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work together towards a better future.
To recertify next year the Beever and Struthers must reduce emissions by 2.5%.
Aim to reduce carbon emissions by 5% each year
A 5% year-on-year reduction is the target reduction recommended by Planet Mark.
Reach net zero carbon by 2050
Beever and Struthers has made a public commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.