Hymans Robertson makes net-zero carbon emissions pledge

Pensions consultancy, Hymans Robertson, has announced its intention to be ‘lifetime net zero’ by 2025.

This means that the firm would have offset all of its carbon emissions, dating back to its founding in 1921, by the mid-2020s.

It also plans to be net carbon zero from this year and pledged to halve its carbon footprint by 2025.

Commenting on the announcement, which falls on the consultancy’s centenary year, Hymans Robertson senior partner, John Dickson, said the firm was making the pledges to “take action” and put the issues “right at the heart” at what it does.

“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.”

To help meet its climate commitments, Hymans Robertson 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.

It has also committed to assist its employees in offsetting their personal carbon footprints by matching their contributions.

“We know we can achieve more, and create change sooner, when we work collectively,” Dickson continued. 

“To that end, we’ll be engaging with everyone in the firm, our clients and suppliers – and with leading groups including the UN Global Compact UK network, Taskforce for Climate Relative Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the Principles for Responsible Investment. 

“We’ll also demonstrate our commitments by becoming a signatory to the Financial Reporting Council’s 2020 UK Stewardship Code. Our climate pledge is about making sustainability intrinsic to our firm and culture – and to keep it that way - for the next 100 years.”

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