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Shepherd and Wedderburn is delighted to take part in the SCDI’s ‘Making a Good Living’ forum, an event that comes at a poignant time in the wake of COP26 in Glasgow.

The effects of climate change, combined with the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, mean we face challenges of a size and scale never encountered before. A green recovery is critical if we are to move forward in a sustainable way and build a fairer, more resilient future – and the time to act is now.

Shepherd and Wedderburn is fully committed to supporting a green recovery, having announced earlier this year our ambition to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and being the first professional services firm to sign the Edinburgh Climate Compact. The firm is also a strategic partner to the Global Ethical Finance Initiative’s Path to COP26 campaign, which engages with financial institutions and organisations to amplify the pressing need for climate action and highlight existing efforts.

Our strategic focus as a business is to help achieve these environmental targets and this strategy is being adopted across the firm, via our interaction with clients and our role in rebuilding our economy and making our communities more resilient.

As host nation for COP26, this is a hugely exciting time for Scotland and the UK, placing us front and centre on a global stage. The green recovery is the anchor we hope will galvanise the whole country to lead the way, but this can only be achieved through effective collaboration among the public and private sectors and citizens of the UK. We recognise this urgent need for cooperation and will continue to support our clients and contacts in their transition to a sustainable future.