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Sustainability consultancy in fourth acquisition

Sustainability consultancy Anthesis Group has acquired fellow London-based consultancy SecondNature for an undisclosed sum, its fourth acquisition in less than a year.

The move will allow Anthesis to “strengthen” the company’s London presence, said chief executive Stuart McLachlan.

SecondNature’s experience in advising large corporates such as Network Rail, Tesco, ArjoWiggins, Ofgem, Sindicatum, Barclays, Thames Water, GDF Suez, BG Group and Sinopoly, is seen as boosting Anthesis’ strategic capability.

After being founded in 2013, Anthesis has acquired other sustainability consultancies Best Foot Forward, UMR and Caleb.

“There is a growing appreciation in the market about the financial and reputational value achievable from sustainable business practices,” said McLachlan.

“This has been led by high-profile global pioneers including Unilever, GE, Coca Cola and Marks & Spencer, who are using sustainable business practices to gain market advantage.”

SecondNature works with companies to integrate sustainability into their organisations, under what it describes as a “triple bottom line” approach of environmental, social and financial performance.

“We have long championed the benefits of the ‘triple bottom line’ and clients are often surprised by how sustainability delivers significant cost and profit benefits, as well as building brand profile and reputation,” said Charles Perry, partner and co-founder of SecondNature

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