Staying on the right track
Even before the Covid pandemic, our world faced numerous challenges. From climate change to systemic injustice and inequality, governments and businesses around the globe have faced a moment of social reckoning not seen for a generation.
In response, we have doubled down on our commitments to good corporate citizenship, continuing to invest in various environmental and humanitarian initiatives worldwide.
Our corporate responsibility strategy flows from our Purpose, defining the way we engage with our employees, candidates and clients, as well as the local communities where we work. From environmental stewardship to philanthropic initiatives, our strategy ensures we operate in a socially responsible way and strive to be a force for good in society.
How our purpose defines our strategy
2021 at a glance
Areas of impact and opportunity
The Robert Walters Group has assessed three key areas where we believe we can create the most impact in making the world a more sustainable, equitable place. We continue to take action in the following areas to also help secure the future stability of our business and create long-term value for our shareholders.
Measuring our progress
In addition to our Purpose, our strategy is informed and guided by external ESG bodies including FTSE4Good, MSCI and the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This ensures that our actions are aligned with the latest ESG thinking and best practice, and that we can respond to the most critical areas of concern in an effective, agile way.
In 2021, the Group was once again listed as a constituent member of the FTSE4Good index for the 13th consecutive year. This distinction recognises the measures we’ve taken to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment and society while proactively investing in a sustainable future for people and communities around the world.
MSCI ESG Rating: AA
The MSCI ESG Ratings model identifies ESG risks (key issues) that are most material to a sub-industry or sector and measures a company's resilience to long-term material ESG risks. In 2021, the Robert Walters Group received a rating of AA in the MSCI ESG Ratings assessment.* While this rating positions the Group as an industry leader, we are working to improve our score to AAA.
Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were established in 2015 as a 'blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable for all'. The Group is doing its part by aligning our global environmental and humanitarian efforts and investments with relevant SDGs, thereby making as broad an impact on environmental and social issues as possible.