HURST Joins UN Network to Accelerate ESG Strategy

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April 27, 2022 - HURST

This is a member news article from HURST sharing how they are the first independent accountancy firm in the UK to become part of the UN Global Compact network.

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As a firm, HURST is committed to making a tangible positive difference to the world in which we live and, as part of this approach, is pleased to join a global network of businesses to accelerate our environmental, social, and governance strategy.

HURST is the first independent accountancy firm in the UK to become part of the UN Global Compact network.

Launched in 2000, the network has become the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, with more than 14,000 member companies in over 160 countries. Almost 800 of which are businesses based in the UK.

The network is a platform for the development, implementation, and sharing of responsible business practices aligned to 10 universally-accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption, with the aim of contributing to a more stable and inclusive global market, and helping to build prosperous and thriving societies where business can succeed.

Members also pledge to take action in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The 17 goals include eradicating poverty and hunger, and promoting good health, wellbeing, education, affordable and clean energy, gender equality, and responsible consumption and production.

HURST chief executive Tim Potter said: “As a firm, we all recognise how important it is that we make a positive impact on the world in which we live. Having a meaningful and progressive approach to ESG is ingrained in our values and practices.

We are also conscious that the ESG agenda has become more important to our clients, suppliers and staff."

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“Business has a key role to play in making the world a better place, and we are proud to become part of the UN Global Network and its UK Chapter, joining thousands of other companies which are similarly dedicated to taking responsible action. We’ve not joined just for the sake of the badge. We are committed to making a tangible difference, and our participation in the network will enable us to achieve this.” Tim Potter, Chief Executive, HURST

HURST has implemented a series of eco-friendly measures over recent years, stepping up the use of recycled and sustainably sourced products, ranging from pens and office paper to coffee and branded materials. They are also installing a charging point for electric vehicles at their Stockport HQ.

Tim added: “We are living and breathing it and we are always looking for new ways to improve. The network provides the perfect opportunity to do this.”

Steve Kenzie, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network UK, said: “The core of the United Nations Global Compact’s mission is to support companies doing business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations with 10 universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.

“We also support businesses taking actions to advise the Sustainable Development Goals. We are delighted and encouraged by HURST’s endorsement of our initiative.”

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From our headquarters in Manchester, the United Kingdom's second city, we serve a broad range of industries including Oil, Manufacturing, Service, Automotive, Aerospace, Pharmaceuticals/chemicals, Food manufacture, and Shipping & Transportation. HURST has been internationally active since the mid 90's as our client base grew to include leading entrepreneurial businesses who were looking overseas towards expansion. We believe that we are unique in our approach - project managing pan global projects and putting our own people in on the ground to best serve our clients. This approach has attracted other accountancy firms to us and we now serve a number of US-based firms who utilise our project management skills and experienced staff to manage European projects on their behalf.

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