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BDO in Jersey joins the UN Global Compact

BDO Group in Jersey have joined the United Nations Global Compact Initiative - a voluntary leadership platform for the development, implementation, and disclosure of responsible business practises.

Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 15,000 companies and 3,800 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 69 Local Networks.  It calls for companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption, and to act in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Jon Kandiah, Group Chief Operating Officer at BDO Group in Jersey, said: "BDO is proud to have joined the United Nations Global Compact Initiative. Joining this initiative is part of our wider commitment to running our business with environmental, social and governance themes at the heart. As well as minimising our negative impact, we will also continue to strive to increase our positive impact, within both the community and the environment."


BDO in Mauritius marks World Environment Day 2022

To mark World Environment Day 2022, BDO in Mauritius distributed reusable stainless steel drinking bottles to all its 900+ staff, with the aim to reduce plastic consumption in the workplace, reduce waste and environmental pollution.

This project follows a series of complementary initiatives that have been implemented over the past 2 years, including replacing all water dispensers with water filters in every office, and switching from plastic cups to paper cups in the coffee machines. More waste reduction projects are in the pipeline for the next financial year.

Shelby Emilien, Brand and Communication Executive at BDO in Mauritius, said: "As an organisation we're committed to playing our part in the fight against climate change, and to protecting our beautiful island from plastic pollution."


BDO in Guernsey adopts ECOSIA to plant free trees

As the result of a staff suggestion and inspired by BDO in the UK (who pioneered this initiative last year), BDO in Guernsey has made ECOSIA the default search engine of their firm, which means that free trees are planted with every search!

Ecosia is a search engine based on Microsoft Bing, but with one BIG difference.  For every 45 searches made, Ecosia plants a tree somewhere in the world. Ecosia is a certified B Corporation, and is a private, non-profit and carbon neutral organisation with a 'privacy first' approach. No search information is stored, and data is not collected or sold to third parties. Users are also able to opt out of tracking. The service is 100% free of charge, so there are no costs to users or organisations who adopt it.

Dawn Sealey, Advisory Director at BDO in Guernsey, said: "It was a very simple swap and staff haven't noticed any change in functionality, compared to our previous search engine. It's an easy way to make a difference and support our sustainability objectives without even stepping away from our desks.  We're all delighted to see our individual tree counts continue to grow!​​"


BDO in the Slovak Republic activates the S in ESG

Inspired by a suggestion from Partners in the firm, colleagues from BDO in the Slovak Republic spent two consecutive Fridays volunteering under the 'Naše Mesto' (Our City) initiative, improving the surroundings in Bratislava and Košice, where the firm has offices.

The 'Our City' initiative is the country's largest corporate volunteering event, connecting companies, local governments and the non-governmental sector to clean up, beautify and visibly improve cities. Each June, thousands of volunteers from companies around the country don 'Our City' t-shirts and donate their time and effort, in line with the 'Our City' slogan "I have my heart in the right place".

This year the team from BDO helped to improve the playground of a kindergarten, and the surroundings of the business school and a sports field.