Hymans Robertson, the financial services and benefits consultancy and actuary, has said it intends to be “net carbon zero” from 2021.
The organisation has also pledged to halve its carbon footprint by 2025. It said, too, that it plans to be “lifetime net zero carbon” by 2025, meaning it will have offset all its carbon emissions dating back to its formation in 1921.
A spokesperson for the firm said it will continue to use only certified renewable energy in each of its offices, significantly reduce travel, review business and facilities operations and address the environmental impact of commuting.
The firm has also committed to help all its employees offset their own personal carbon footprint – “matching their contributions pound for pound”.
John Dickson, senior partners at Hymans Robertson, said that as the organisation reaches the milestone of its centenary year, it is making these pledges “to take action and put these issues right at the heart of what we do”.
Dickson (pictured) said: “We’re proud to make this commitment to play our part in tackling the major environmental concerns we all face. The imperative to address climate risk and the challenges it presents is integral to our advice and services, and a key driver in the way we run our firm for our clients, our employees and our future.
“On a daily basis we face reminders of the environmental challenges that will impact the future of our own firm, our people and our wider world. We are determined to make our mark. By ensuring these changes are central to the way in which we run our firm, we believe we’ll be truly leading the way in making a difference”.
Dickson said that the organisation is also becoming a signatory to the Financial Reporting Council’s 2020 UK Stewardship Code.
He said: “Our climate pledge is about making sustainability intrinsic to our firm and culture – and to keep it that way – for the next 100 years.”