This week’s blogs: dream move

Being a trainee auditor is sometimes like being a journeyman footballer, with
the various travelling around the country that the job entails.

Steve Claridge played for Aldershot, Cambridge and Leicester amongst many
others. I myself have journeyed to diverse audit locations including the likes
of Brighton, Oxford and Luton.

This is something that we accept though. We understand that not all clients
are going to be on our doorstep.

However, late last year this element of the profession turned out to be a
blessing for me.

My firm assigned me to a client who had an office in Boston, and, much like
David Beckham’s move to LA Galaxy, I was whisked off to the States for the
purposes of carrying out work!

It proved to be a great week. The client was great and the work completed
ahead of schedule, which meant I was able to spend the weekend doing some
sightseeing and trying out some American culture. It made all the previous long
journeys and away jobs that I had experienced seem worthwhile and I certainly
won’t see this as a negative point of my job anymore.

Daniel Chown

With growing numbers of large firms now having emission reduction targets of
one form or another, there is a real commercial opportunity for those businesses
willing to be amongst the first to say ‘the science has changed, so we are
changing our targets’.

For many companies 50 per cent cuts in emissions by 2020 and complete
decarbonisation of their operations by 2040 are entirely realistic goals.

Those businesses that come out and say so will not only bolster their
environmental credibility, they will also distinguish between themselves and
rivals who they will be able to reasonably accuse of ignoring the latest climate

As the 60 energy companies that this week announced a goal of becoming carbon
neutral by 2050 have realised, the scale of the fight is greater than we first
thought, so the scale of our response must become greater as well.

James Murray, editor,

Warnings aplenty for everyone who works in the Square Mile or Canary Wharf
and who runs the risk of looking like a banker. Dress down or work from home,
they’re being told. Yes, it’s the smelly-socked, anti-globalisation brigade back
in town to mark the G20 Summit by launching carnage on the streets of the

Andrew Sawers,

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