PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) UK has reported
strong growth in its sustainability and climate change practice as
the economic recovery had led to businesses renewing their focus on
the area.

PwC now audits seven of the 55 largest UK
companies that have their corporate social responsibility (CSR)
data publicly assured, up from one company two years ago.

PwC’s UK sustainability and climate change
practice now has 100 staff, with a global team of 700.

PwC UK chairman Ian Powell predicted that
within the next few years, few business decisions will not be
impacted by the sustainability agenda.

During the coming year, PwC UK plans to
recruit further specialists in carbon markets economics, forestry
and ecosystems, international development, supply chain and

During the past year, PwC has provided policy
support to the World Economic Forum, the UN Environment Programme
and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

It claims its sustainability teams across
Europe have been hired by more than 50% of the global top 20
airlines to be their EU emissions trading scheme auditors and
verifiers under the new EU legislation requiring aircraft operators
to submit independently verified emissions.

PwC’s report on its sustainability and climate
change practice follows its recent report that it grew revenue 4%
in the past financial year.

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