Triple Bottom Line and Maple Cone
Greenhouse Gas Accounting, Net Zero Consultancy
& Environmental and Social Impact Narratives
Accounting for People and Planet
Triple Bottom Line Accounting (TBLA) is evolving from ‘traditional accountancy practice’ territory to being a business that embodies the change that’s inevitable if humanity is going to overcome the challenges of social and environmental injustice.
At the heart of TBLA’s work is a commitment to the three key aspects of sustainability: people, planet and prosperity.
What is ESG reporting?
The principles of environmental social governance (ESG) reporting, include the following elements for the organisation itself and its supply chain:
- environmental performance, e.g. reducing pollution, improving biodiversity, reduced impact on climate change
- social impact, e.g. inclusive work practices, employee and director diversity, ethical procurement, community support
- governance, e.g. fair and equal pay, executive compensation, employee relations
Benefit your business while becoming a force for environmental and social good
Organisations are taking an increasing interest in the positive and negative environmental and social impacts that they have on the planet and the communities. Two major reasons for this are:
- The motivations of the leaders and staff in the business to be a force for good, and
- The increasing focus on these matters by wider society creating a demand for goods and services that have a positive impact in these areas.
Consumers and B2B customers are increasingly making purchasing decisions on the basis of environmental and social factors, so it is becoming ever more important to consider these factors in our own organisations.
Why include a narrative or story?
- The best way to convince and engage organisations in progressive change is to create a good story
- The biggest challenge is to make sure that this is authentic
- While we help your business to improve its measures and targets for genuine impact an authentic and inspiring story will naturally follow
Greenhouse gas accounting and developing a Net Zero Strategy for Small Businesses (SMEs)
Basic starter package from £700 + VAT
- Calculation of your carbon footprint for the last 12-month period using a tried and tested calculator or tracker designed for SMEs
- A whole team target setting workshop facilitated by Maple Cone and TBLA
- An agreed action plan on how your business will achieve net zero emissions in Scope 1, 2 and 3 by 2050 at the latest
- Get your business on the SME Climate Hub map
- Your time: We ask you to keep to agreed deadlines and provide the data required to measure your carbon footprint
Optional add-ons – (POA)
- Decarbonisation and Net Zero planning and consultancy
- Scenario Planning and Adaptation Plans
- Social Impact of supply chain –e.g. Suppliers offering the living wage, modern slavery statements, prompt payment policies, sustainable purchasing policies, diversity and inclusion policies, and procedures and practices.
Let us help you measure and improve your environmental and social impact
Meet your team
Alasdair Wilcock MBA - owner of Maple Cone Ltd: Renewable Energy and Decarbonisation Consultant
Alasdair has had a long interest in environmental matters since studying for his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, London during which he selected renewable energy options including wind energy to feed his early enthusiasm for the subject. Other formal qualifications include an MBA from Cranfield University and Prince II Practitioner.
His early career was spent in technical and management positions in manufacturing industry. This was followed by 14 years in electricity distribution during which time he led a substantial division of the business. A part of this was the application and measurement of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) metrics over several years in order to positively impact the non-financial outcomes of the organisation’s operations.
At the start of 2016, Alasdair set up his own consultancy, Maple Cone Ltd., that works with organisations to develop renewable energy, deliver energy efficiency, formulate decarbonisation trajectories and other projects. These usually have a positive social impact such as fuel poverty reduction, improving comfort, air quality improvement etc.
He has worked with the Energy Systems Catapult on projects concerning the architecture of the energy system and the reduction of carbon emissions on the government estate, with a council developing a district heating scheme, and with other organisations looking to reduce the environmental impact of their operations.
An expert facilitator, he helps groups and organisations to be clear about the problem that they are tackling and to think widely about possible solutions and then to take active steps to deliver the desired outcomes.
Alasdair combines these business focuses with an enduring interest in the countryside, wildlife conservation, the environment and organic gardening.
Fran Ellington - TBLA Business Development Director and ESG Lead
Fran graduated with a First-Class Honours History degree from the Open University while bringing up her two children in Norwich. For the next 25 years, she enjoyed a fulfilling career teaching History in Norfolk secondary schools. Fran has always been a bit of an eco-warrior: cycling to work and encouraging her students to think about issues surrounding the environment, the concept of peak oil, finite resources, and the need to “reduce, repurpose and recycle”. In 2010 she founded the Grapes Hill Community Garden in Norwich for which she remains an active trustee. The mission of this registered charity is to improve social inclusion and personal wellbeing through opportunities to take part in community events and gardening-related activities and workshops.
Fran joined TBLA in 2019 to work alongside her husband Peter, keen to put the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ ethos into action by firstly documenting and improving the company’s CSR profile. She has since taken part in several workshops and courses regarding genuine impact measurement, including studying with the New Economics Foundation, Economy for the Common Good and CSR- Accreditation. In 2022 Fran was invited to join the board of the Norwich Business Climate Leaders.
Triple Bottom Line Accounting Ltd was founded with some core ethical and environmental principles but in the early days had little time to work out a method of recording or measuring this. Since joining TBLA, Fran has succeeded in improving all aspects of employment including recruitment, training, access to facilities, flexible working, disciplinary, performance, and grievance procedures – making sure that the company “walks the talk” concerning governance. She has made the company a founding member of the Climate Perks Scheme, an accredited real Living Wage Employer and member of the Good Business Charter, and listed TBLA with the Prompt Payment Code. Fran leads the TBLA Positive Impact team. The business achieved a PAS2060 Carbon Neutral Status for 2020. TBLA has been Net Zero in Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions for many years. It has made an SME Climate Hub Commitment to achieve Net Zero in supply chain emissions by 2050 if not before. As part of its social impact TBLA currently sponsors The Feed, Norwich.
In her free time, Fran is developing her no-dig organic vegetable and physic garden on the North Norfolk Coast. She loves a long walk, rarely leaving home without a spare bag for foraged ingredients to use in home herbal remedies and skincare products.
Fran loves a good story and is looking forward to helping like-minded clients write their impact narratives.
TBLA's Impact Narrative
Making an Impact
TBLA is net zero in scopes 1 and 2. We are working on reducing our scope 3 emissions and making a positive social and environmental impact…