Corporate Social Responsibility
We currently undertake a wide range of activity, collectively and individually, across all our offices in accordance with these responsibilities. We have a committee made up of partners and staff all committed to ensuring that our CSR policy is implemented and developed further.
The PKF Francis Clark Charitable Foundation
The primary objective of the Foundation is to alleviate financial hardship by providing assistance to individuals, in particular:
- Partners or employees of PKF Francis Clark LLP
- Former partners or employees of PKF Francis Clark LLP
- Individuals considered dependents of 1 or 2 above
Assistance can take the form of:
- Payments on behalf of or for the benefit of the grantee for goods or services
In exceptional circumstances, the Foundation will consider an application for a grant from an organisation working to relieve financial hardship.
This advisory piece on how set up a charity foundation includes an interview with Andrew Richards who set up our own charity foundation.
Caring For Our Employees
- Work in an energy efficient, modern building using an open-plan arrangement that encourages team work
- Manage the firm in an ethical way in areas such as client confidentiality, risk management, conflicts of interest, money laundering, health and safety and whistle blowing
- Have a green travel plan that encourages staff to commute to and from work in as environmentally friendly way as possible
- Provide flexible working arrangements for staff to enable them to fit their home and work lives together more easily
- On-site services such as car valeting and dry cleaning
- Promote diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace
- We are committed to continual development and advancement of our staff and encourage staff to enrol and study for professional exams
- We implement strict health and safety procedures (e.g. meeting DSE legislation) and systems to ensure we operate to the highest health and safety standards
- We ensure that our staff are provided with all the necessary equipment required to enable them to perform their job efficiently. This includes providing remote access facility on their laptops, so that they can access any files/programmes they might require whilst they are working off-site
- Free eye tests and vouchers towards the cost of glasses, should these be required following the eye test
Caring For Our Clients
We constantly seek to improve the overall client experience when dealing with PKF Francis Clark LLP in all capacities.
Feedback is sought from clients on a regular basis. We review this and make changes if need be to ensure that clients are provided at all times with a professional, friendly and efficient service.
We provide information to clients in electronic format whenever possible to minimise the impact on the environment.
Caring For Our Communities And The Environment
Reducing our carbon footprint and making a positive impact on our environment and communities
A key theme of our current three-year strategic plan (2021-24) is how we can make a positive impact on our communities and the environment. As part of this, we’re developing a comprehensive environmental, social and governance (ESG) plan to actively support different communities, reduce our carbon footprint and minimise our environmental impact, as well as ensuring the firm is properly governed.
To understand where we are and how we can improve, we’ve benchmarked ourselves against the B Corp assessment criteria.
We’re starting from a good place but we want to go further. We’ve installed electric vehicle charging points at some of our offices and do all the things – like reducing printing, recycling our waste and avoiding single-use plastics – that you would expect. Our ESG plan will establish commitments and pledges to build on these existing measures.
Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve invested heavily in IT hardware and software to support a hybrid working model, giving staff the flexibility to work remotely and minimise unnecessary travel. As a result, we expect our fuel consumption to remain significantly lower than it was pre-pandemic.
In the year ending March 2021, our aggregate energy consumption was 55% lower than the year before, with gas down 50%, electricity down 25% and fuel for transport down 91%. We reduced our carbon dioxide emissions per full-time equivalent employee by 56% year-on-year.
We’ve also introduced volunteering days to encourage all our people to make a difference to the communities and environment we live and work in, through activities such as cleaning beaches, planting green spaces and preparing meals for homeless and vulnerable people.