Certification is world first for Gloucester surveyor
By Rob Freeman | 21st July 2020
A Gloucester chartered surveyor has been granted a leading certification for its environmental and social impact.
Ward Williams Associates is the first chartered surveyors in the world to be awarded the certification and joins major international names such as Danone, Patagonia and Ben & Jerry's in receiving B Corporation status.
The certification has been granted to fewer than 3,500 companies around the world with 325 in the UK.
Senior partner Andy Snapes said: "We are in this for the long term, creating a business for the future of our people, our clients and our communities.
"Collaboration is key and our role is to challenge ourselves and encourage everyone we work with to improve their impact on the triple bottom line.
"A common misconception is that sustainable development is more expensive, but this is simply not the case in the context of the future."
He continued: "We are all finally waking up to the fact that we need an increasingly sustainable approach to tackle known environmental, economic and social issues.
"We are seizing this moment as an opportunity for both growth and behavioural change.
"We have to admit to ourselves that being less bad is not good enough."
He issued a challenge to the construction sector to take a similar environmental and social approach to its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
"With construction touching virtually every aspect of our lives, it arguably has the biggest cultural, ecological and commercial impact on the places where we live, work, learn, care, play and travel," he said.
"This is a crucial moment for our sector, which has a great opportunity to be a transformational influence."
WWA was congratulated on the certification by Joanna Lindon, associate director of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
She said: "As the first chartered surveyors in the world to achieve the B Corp certification, WWA is demonstrating the highest standards of financial, environmental and social principles."
WWA is working alongside clients Robert Hitchins on the Great Oldbury Primary Academy in Stonehouse and has also been appointed project managers, quantity surveyors and principal designers for the infrastructure of the Innsworth Park Development.
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