In our quest to make a difference more broadly, to drive a sense of purpose within our team and to demonstrate that we take our responsibilities seriously, we have put in place “A million little things”, which is our way of championing good and ethical business. Internally and externally. We want to be a great place to work and develop and of course, become a great firm to do business with.
So what does “A Million Little Things” actually mean?
A million sounds like a big number and, of course, it is. But it’s our stretch target which aims to push us in everything we do. We don’t claim to be changing the world every day, but we believe that if we can work on the principle of small gains every day our lives, our communities’ lives, and our planet will look better in 50 years time than it does today. And that’s the idea. Start Small, Think Big.
We’ve split our commitments across three outstanding pillars:
1. Becoming B Corp
B Corp is a global community of leaders who believe that there is a better way to do business that balances purpose and profit. B Corp companies are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on workers, customers, suppliers, the community and the environment. Put simply it’s a global movement that uses business as a force for good.
We understand that People want to work for, buy from, and invest in businesses they believe in. B Corp Certification is the most powerful way to build credibility, trust, and value for our clients and our team. You know that we are serious about our commitment to sustainability, the global community (social, economic, ethical) and to the planet.
We’ve been through an extensive period of certification which has required us to interrogate our actions, processes and procedures. In so doing, Telic has committed to comprehensive, credible and comparable impact standards to support a systems change called the B Impact Assessment tool.
2. Joining B1G1
We’ve partnered with Buy One, Give One (B1G1) to ensure that we have a structure for giving and the opportunity to broaden the extent of our impacts. With every new client, we make a new donation so that our success drives broader success across the global community (for more information, visit our media page) – this will come later
To us, it’s important to put our money where our mouth is, and being successful can be celebrated if we can bring positive change to someone, or something else.
3. UN sustainable development goals
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
At Telic we have already started our commitment to this movement and that will continue as we grow further.
Yogesh Patel, our founder, is passionate about purpose-driven businesses and is the Accountant-in-residence at the London School of Economics’ Accelerator Programme focusing on socially-driven entrepreneurship and an adviser at Zinc VC, the World’s first accelerator for mission-driven business.
So how does it all work? And what does it mean for our team?
We’ve ensured that our approach to supporting these critical initiatives drives real change, not just words. These movements impact far and wide but we want to ensure that our impacts aren’t sweeping, they need to have tangible impact and benefit every day.
At Telic we’ve broken down each movement to be able to work effectively with these organisations. We have a strategy in place which identifies:
- How we can spread the word more broadly
- How we can further educate other businesses, the accounting and tax sector and, more specifically, our clients
- How we can create impacts ourselves, that significantly move the dial
- How we can incorporate our existing and future charity work against our own passions and areas of expertise e.g. accounting and business advisory.
- How we can leverage our knowledge and commitment within the office environment – in our work, the decisions we make, the suppliers we choose and our client service, every day.
These are the core pillars in which we work and will be fundamental to our success.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss further, please get in touch