As a global professional services business we are concerned about the impact of climate change both on a local and global scale. We are conscious of our environmental impacts and we constantly try to address them by developing sustainable business practices, based on a specific action plan, while we continue to grow in a complex environment.
Sustainability action plan
Like many large businesses, our most significant sustainability challenges concern greenhouse gas emissions, natural resource depletion, and the generation and disposal of waste. To address these challenges, in 2015 we formalised a sustainability action plan driven by five key principles:
|Key principle||How we're responding|
|Resource reduction, energy saving, increased recycling||
In the UK we recycle 12 different types of waste, and now recycle more than 77% of our total waste.
In Australia, 90% of all staff work in offices with centralised recycling stations.
Among other things, our responsible procurement policy commits us to:
|Sustainable transport||We promote alternative forms of transport and encourage people to cycle to work by providing facilities for cyclists and a way to purchase bicycles tax-free.|
|Performance monitoring and reporting||Measure, manage and report our most significant environmental impacts to internal and external audiences.|
|Collaboration and engagement||
Collaborate across the legal sector to develop, apply and promote best practice.
Increase awareness among our people of the environmental impacts of our work, and how to minimise them.
Our commitment to responsible business practices recognises that sustainability is an ongoing work in progress. It is work that we undertake with pride, care and diligence, and in a spirit of collaborative learning with our suppliers, our partners and employees, and across the legal sector.
We are active in business networks seeking to address the challenges of climate change and sustainable development. In 2008, we became a founding member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance (LSA) - a collaborative industry effort to address climate change by reducing members’ carbon footprint and adopting environmentally sustainable practices. In 2014 we also joined the Australian Legal Sustainability Alliance.
In addition to our own activities, we contribute to wider efforts to promote environmental sustainability by providing pro bono legal services on key initiatives and other forms of community investment.
Internationally we are a founding member of the Legal Response Initiative (LRI), which provides free legal support to the least developed country delegations and NGOs in relation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. LRI won the 'stand out' category in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards 2010.