Marc Thompson

SimplyBiz partners with Net Zero Now to advance climate action in financial services

SimplyBiz has teamed up with Net Zero Now, granting priority access to its member firms for the climate expert’s platform and certification programme.

This partnership aims to facilitate a simpler and more credible route to achieving net zero emissions for businesses within the financial advisory sector.

Net Zero Now is a carbon accounting and climate action platform designed to assist businesses of all sizes in combating climate change.

It offers a straightforward, affordable path to net zero, incorporating accreditation and promotion to recognise the significant milestones firms achieve on their journey towards environmental sustainability.

The collaboration is supported by SimplyBiz’s parent company, Fintel, which was among the founding development partners of the ‘Net Zero Financial Adviser Protocol’ alongside Liontrust.

This protocol, along with the accompanying carbon accounting software and certification, will be available to SimplyBiz members. It provides a clear framework for advisers to achieve net zero, aligning with global carbon accounting standards.

Marc Thompson, adviser services director of SimplyBiz, expressed the significance of this partnership: “With the financial services sector’s growing focus on ESG in recent years helping to raise awareness around climate change, we know that many advisers want to start moving their business towards net zero.

“Our partnership with Net Zero Now will help our members to understand the journey to net zero, set realistic, meaningful, goals, and support the promotion of their achievements to clients.”

Neil Ross Russell, managing director of Net Zero Now, highlighted the broader implications of the initiative: “People care about the planet, and those people are advisers’ clients, employees and, increasingly, Government regulators.

“So, whatever the emissions of an adviser’s day-to-day activities, being able to show these stakeholders that minimising emissions is being actively managed makes commercial sense.

“The climate crisis is one of the key challenges of our age – advisers need to make sure they don’t get left behind.”