This article has been sponsored by Spherics.
What’s Going On Here?
Currently, there’s no legislation forcing UK businesses to measure and disclose their environmental impact.
But an announcement by a government taskforce set up to review how businesses should report their environmental impact shows is changing this.
According to the roadmap released by the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), large finance and listed companies will be the first wave of organisations mandated to report their environmental impact.
What does this mean for my business?
Over the next 3-5 years, all large commercial listed companies, government departments and financial service institutions will be mandated to measure and report impact.
And while there’s no concrete expectation for SMEs to follow suit, focusing on these sectors also implicates businesses that already operate within their (very large) respective value-chains.
The move is widely seen as a positive commitment to legislative action that will grow at a pace to match the urgency of the problem.
In other words, next up: SMEs.
*Figures sourced from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Standards
So, how can Spherics help?
With such a big change comes big opportunities for SMEs to take the initiative and show the business community how it’s done. And it looks like Spherics could be just the tool to help.
Spherics plugs into the SME accounting software—currently Xero or Quickbooks—and automatically synchronizes to produce a ‘spend-based’ carbon impact.
This data is then simply presented in a dashboard with content and visualisations to help you truly understand your SME’s environmental impact in the context of the latest science-based targets.
Unlike many other tools, this requires virtually zero additional reporting for the users—saving both time and money. In other words: no extra work for you.
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The Department for Business, Energy & Industry Standards state that: 99.9% of UK businesses are SMEs, accounting for 51% of the UK’s economy and 64% of emissions. It’s only a matter of time before carbon accounting will be mandatory for all businesses.
Spherics are looking for progressive businesses that are already exploring ways to take on greater accountability in the race to achieve net-zero carbon and meet the terms of the Paris Agreement.
If your business is a non-subsidiary, independent company with fewer than 500 employees, then Spherics would love to set up an initial hour’s in-depth interview with your nominated sustainability lead.
Spherics’ expert team will explore your sustainability journey so far, map the actions you take and test the latest iteration of their product with you for feedback.
This is a great opportunity to input into the development of a tool that has the potential to galvanise the urgent and necessary action needed from the business community.
And they’ll thank you by planting a tree for every hour you give. What’s not to love?