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Inclusivity and sustainability: Bright sponsor the DEI and ESG awards

28th Feb 2024
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Bright’s sponsorship of the Pride categories at the Accounting Excellence Awards 2024 is something we’re very proud to be a part of. Having sponsored the same categories at the AE Awards last year, it’s a great way to showcase what accountants across the UK have achieved from committing to DEI and ESG in their practices. DEI and ESG are initiatives which we deeply value, and they serve as a platform to celebrate the core values we hold at Bright.  

Prioritising DEI and ESG is not just about doing what's right; it's a cornerstone of our commitment to excellence and future growth. These values help us build stronger connections with our customers, by fostering innovation, ensuring we meet your evolving needs, and contributing to a sustainable future for all.

Find out more about Bright’s DEI and ESG initiatives here.

Reflecting on last year’s winners 

Kreston Reeves emerged as the recipient of the prestigious ESG award last year, distinguishing itself within the accounting sector by achieving B Corp status, a testament to its commitment to balancing profitability with a deeper purpose. The firm has been recognised for its holistic understanding of its role in fostering positive environmental, societal, and stakeholder impacts, emphasising sustainable business practices. 

Through purpose-driven strategies, engaging workshops, and insightful surveys, Kreston Reeves has not only cultivated a culture of authenticity and involvement among its team but has also actively supported its clients on their sustainability paths. The accolade underlines the firm's efforts towards introducing net zero services for clients, setting an example for larger entities on the importance of contributing to global sustainability efforts. 

FD Works stood out as the winners of the DEI category because they demonstrated, from leadership level and right through the organisation, how a DEI strategy needs to be part of the culture so that it is lived and breathed by the people in the business and built into the organisation’s processes. 

FD Works took the time to understand the issues of the local community in order to access untapped talent pools, enable social mobility and attract employees from under-represented groups. While they acknowledged there were clear commercial benefits to the strategy, the judges felt they were driven as much by their passion for being a force for good as they were by the business benefits of their DEI initiatives. 

DEI Case study 

Check out the case study we recently did with one of the finalists from last year’s awards, Q Accountants. As finalists for the DEI award in the 2023 Accounting Excellence awards, we caught up with Bright customers, Q Accountants, on how they embed DEI and ESG into life at the practice, and in the wider industry. 

Enter this year’s awards 

As we gear up for the 2024 Accounting Excellence Awards, we're excited to see both new and established firms of all sizes stepping forward. This event is a prime opportunity for every firm to showcase their innovative solutions and inspire others in the industry. 

The AE Awards are not just about recognition; they're a platform for demonstrating how your firm is pushing the boundaries and contributing to the evolution of accounting. So, whether you're a small startup or a well-established player, don't miss your chance to shine and motivate others at this prestigious event. 

From all of us here at Bright, we want to say a big thank you for your continued support as we aim to deliver the best experience for our customers with our leading software solutions and multi-award-winning software. Our aim is to help accountants just like you in supporting your clients from anywhere without any hiccups along the way. Book a quick demo with us today and see why were the number one leading payroll software company. 

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