Leeora Black has taken her boutique team of consultants at the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR) to Deloitte, giving one of the big four accountants its own specialists in the field.

EY acquired Net Balance in 2014 and KMPG in 2015 acquired Banarra in similar moves to shore up capability in this specialist sector.

According to a spokesperson for Deloitte, Dr Black and the entire team of five staff will be absorbed into the Deloitte’s risk advisory business in Melbourne, which covers workplace health and safety; sustainability, including climate risk and adaptation; and low carbon transition and energy management.

The official start date for the ACCSR team was 20 November, and work will continue in a similar vein as previously, with a range of consulting services in the sector.

Clients for ACCSR have included the University of Melbourne, Sandfire Resources, Glencore Coal Assets Australia, Kathmandu, The Walt Disney Corporation, Orica, DEXUS, Woodside, Santos, BHP Billiton, Holden, Alcoa of Australia, Syngas, Lihir Gold, Transurban, Port of Melbourne Corporation, Stockland, Westpac Banking Corporation, Hydro Tasmania, CPA Australia, Bovis Lend Lease, Toyota of Australia, Mitsui Ltd and Pacific Hydro.

Dr Black said she established ACCSR in 2003 when she saw “an opportunity to help organisations adapt to their changing environments when it comes to corporate social responsibility and sustainability”.

“Sustainability and conduct should be at the core of every organisation, and the right approach to stakeholder engagement and management is critical to success when it comes to these commitments, so this is an exciting time for our team and for our business.”