Top 40 accountancy firm, Bishop Fleming's green credentials have been boosted by a massive reduction in paper consumption, saving the equivalent of 104 trees a year. A one third drop in paper usage has been achieved, even though the firm is one of the fastest growing accountancy practices in the UK.
Since introducing an Environmental Management System six years ago to measure three key performance indicators – electricity and gas usage, mileage, and paper ordered; overall environmental performance for the firm is getting greener.
Alongside the notable reduction in paper usage, due in part to the firm's continued investment in IT, electricity and gas usage have also been lowered as well as the firm's mileage.
Bishop Fleming's seven offices cover a wide geographical area from Worcester to Truro, but through increasing use of Skype and telephone conferencing, reducing inter-office miles remains a key priority.
Ewan McClymont, Director at Bishop Fleming commented, “Environmental credentials are becoming increasingly important in gaining new clients, and our ability to measure these metrics is an important factor in a competitive market. With electricity and gas kWh down 5% per employee and mileage per £000 income down 18%, we are delighted that our environmental qualifications continue to move in a positive direction.”
He added: “The fact that Bishop Fleming's environmental performance has improved in each measured area as the firm has grown, demonstrates our commitment to the firm's environmental responsibilities, and this is something of which we can be extremely proud.”
Bishop Fleming employs 325 staff, is part of the government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, and is a member of Low Carbon South West.
Image: Ewan McClymont, Grant Services Director, Bishop Fleming