A Truro-based property and construction consultancy has become what is believed to be the world’s first chartered surveyor to achieve B Corporation status. 

The B Corp certification reinforces Ward Williams Associates’ (WWA) existing and future commitments to uphold the highest standards of financial, environmental and social principles.

Senior partner, Andy Snapes, said: “We are in this for the long term, creating a business for the future of our people, our clients and our communities. Collaboration is key, and our role is to challenge ourselves and encourage everyone we work with to improve their impact on the triple bottom line.

“A common misconception is that sustainable development is more expensive, but this is simply not the case in the context of the future. We are all finally waking up to the fact that we need an increasingly sustainable approach to tackle known environmental, economic and social issues.

“We are seizing this moment as an opportunity for both growth and behavioural change. We have to admit to ourselves that being less bad is not good enough.

“With construction touching virtually every aspect of our lives, it arguably has the biggest cultural, ecological and commercial impact on the places where we live, work, learn, care, play and travel. This is a crucial moment for our sector, which has a great opportunity to be a transformational influence.”

WWA employs more than 100 staff across six UK offices. Diverse and iconic projects include The Wave in Bristol, The Box museum and gallery in Plymouth and the new Thames Hospice in Windsor.