Tell us why Earth Day is important to both businesses and individuals?
It’s an opportunity to reflect. Given how busy we are in our personal and work life, Earth Day gives us the chance to reflect on the environment and the consequences of our actions.
Looking at the bigger picture, what concerns you the most about the current environmental situation?
The lack of urgency. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has described climate science as ‘unequivocal’ for quite a long time. There’s a misconception that making a few little tweaks here and there will resolve environmental issues. However, this passive, business-as-usual approach that many organisations are taking isn’t enough, and as time goes by, the situation is getting worse.
This year’s Earth Day theme is “Invest in Our Planet”. How do you think organisations like Buzzacott can promote long-term value through environmental sustainability? And do you see a specific role for accountants in tackling this issue?
As an accounting firm, we are in a unique position as we have an advisory role to a whole range of organisations. This provides us with a valuable opportunity to speak to where businesses can do better in this subject. And this doesn’t just stop at businesses, it’s charities, other types of clients and individuals.
At the moment, UK environmental reporting requirements are pretty limited. But we can encourage and promote action, especially helping our clients to be ahead of the curve. Consumers want to see the businesses they interact with being environmentally conscious and environmentally friendly. We have the voice and opportunity to speak to all kinds of organisations and encourage them to start thinking about this further.