Firms need to lead green agenda

Professional services firm need to get their houses in order on the
environment, in order to provide a lead on green issues.

The annual European Practice Management Awards saw WWF Chairman, Ed Smith,
address professional services and their importance in tackling the problem of
climate change.

Smith said: ‘Professional services firms have a huge role to play, but those
which are planning to advise others on sustainable business must get their own
houses in order first to pass the credibility test’

He also stressed the public role of professional services firms in advising
governments to roll out climate policies that provide businesses with the
certainty to develop long-term commercial strategies.

The EPM Awards were held earlier this week and saw Smith & Williamson
walk away with the Best Managed Firm award.

The judges said: ‘Smith & Williamson is a different type of professional
service firm, combining the disciplines of accounting with investment management
and a private bank.’

Other winners included; KPMG for best firm to work for;
PricewaterhouseCoopers for best use of technology; and Lovells for management of

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