Career Story: Larissa Prevett


Job Title: Consultant - Sustainability Services

Location: London

Please describe your role within Bureau Veritas

I’m a consultant in Bureau Veritas’ Sustainability Services team in London. We provide sustainability assurance to businesses, helping them ensure that their non-financial communications are credible, robust, transparent and backed up by evidence. We also advise clients in terms of managing their sustainability performance and strategy on topics ranging from energy consumption and water conservation to human rights, diversity, employee wellbeing, and sustainable procurement/ethical sourcing.

A typical day for me, and for many of my colleagues in the team, involves interacting with a wide variety of clients of all sizes and from all fields to analyse and verify their sustainability and social responsibility reports. Our customers range from household names in coffee manufacturing to companies in, for example, the mining or packaging sector.

As part of my work, I conduct interviews with our clients’ management teams, undertake site visits to manufacturing facilities, and review and analyse information related to sustainability and social responsibility performance. I compile the findings and recommendations and present them to the client to help their management improve business performance and reporting processes in the sustainability and social responsibility areas.

You have a master’s degree in law and have lived and worked internationally. How does this background help you in your work?

I have always been more interested in the relationship between law and sustainability, corporate responsibility and how companies can contribute to improving society.

After completing my master’s degree, I decided to gain practical experience in this area by freelancing for various consultancies. It was incredibly useful to work on such a wide variety of projects, from environmental and safety legal registers to developing company policies. Through this, I also gained solid experience in different sustainability reporting frameworks and issues, all of which proved valuable when I joined Bureau Veritas in 2015 as an assistant consultant.

I am happy that I have been able to build on my experience and progress my career to become a consultant here at Bureau Veritas. Given that I work with a wide variety of international clients every day, I feel that having grown up, studied, and worked in various countries around the world helps me to communicate and build strong relationships with these valued clients.

What do you find satisfying and challenging about your work?

The varied nature of my job keeps it interesting. I like juggling priorities and the satisfaction of ticking tasks off my list, knowing that we’ve done the best possible job for our clients. This variety extends to the clients themselves. I enjoy utilizing my knowledge to help companies of all sizes and sectors improve their sustainability reporting and practices. It’s both exciting and challenging and it’s always great to see returning clients having taken steps to action our feedback and continue to drive improvements in their sustainability practices and reporting.

Furthermore, I love working in my team. We’re a united group that all learn a lot from each other, and I feel it’s important to work in an environment that fosters everyone’s strengths and passions.

It’s also a pleasure to interact with the wider technical centre network internationally. Our clients have sites all over the world, so it’s useful to engage Bureau Veritas consultants in local offices when we need their expertise.  As we are the centre of excellence for sustainability assurance within Bureau Veritas, we enjoy undertaking projects in collaboration with our international colleagues.

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