Climate Action

We are committed to minimising and where possible eliminating our environmental impact

 

We recognise the contribution we can make to support the transition to a low-carbon economy. 

Having already made huge progress in reducing our environmental impact, we are now building on our strong credentials in this area by setting ourselves increasingly challenging targets.

Performance

 

Reducing our reliance on single-use disposables

We have committed to significantly reduce our reliance on single-use plastics and other disposables and have an ongoing programme in place to review these throughout our operations.  This has seen us already remove all of our single-use coffee cups, bottled water, cutlery and a large number of other catering containers, as well as a number of other single-use consumables. Alongside this, we have also been educating our people on the plastics issue.  For example, we organised a team plastic-fishing day to educate staff about the issue of plastics in our waterways and raise funds for educational trips for London schoolchildren.

 

Case studies

Reviewing our building management strategy to reduce energy consumption

One of our most significant environmental impacts is our reliance on energy to run our buildings.  We procure all of the electricity in our London office from renewables, and in line with our overall commitment to reduce our carbon emissions, we continue to look to make reductions in our energy use across our estate.  The comprehensive energy metering network in our London office enables us to continually monitor and improve upon our energy strategy, including the outcome of new initiatives such as installation of LED lighting and plant lifecycle replacement.

 

 

Embedding environmental standards across goods and services

We work alongside our service providers to develop innovative ways to reduce our environmental impact throughout the full lifecycle of our supply chain.  For example, we review the environmental credentials of suppliers as part of our on - boarding process and once in place constantly review options to further reduce the impact of service delivery. Examples include: reviewing frequency and travel distance of deliveries, minimising delivery packaging and optimising recovery, and ensuring where possible that products are purchased with a recognised Chain of Custody (e.g. MSC and FSC certified).

 

Science Based Targets

We are proud to be the first law firm to have our greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. Our targets represent the most ambitious pathway under the initiative, aiming to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees centigrade.

Science Based Targets

Collaboration

We are founding members of the Legal Sustainability Alliance (LSA) and we are represented on its Task Force. The Alliance, which consists of senior legal figures supported by the Law Society and others, has been set up to deliver an agreed strategy to help tackle climate change. It does this by developing best practice principles and working methods for the legal sector.

Legal Sustainability Alliance

Supply chain

We work alongside our service partners to develop innovative ways to reduce our environmental impact throughout the full lifecycle of our supply chain.

Supply chain

Engaging our people

We promote environmental awareness and responsibility among our employees through information, initiatives and community projects

Our Environment Committee consists of partners, associates, trainees, directors and others from all areas of our business. 

Engaging People
Continual improvement We hold both ISO 14001:2015 (environment) and ISO 50001:2011 (energy) management system certifications for our London office, demonstrating our commitment to continual improvement in our performance.

RE100

We are signatories to RE100, a collaborative, global initiative led by The Climate Group, in partnership with CDP, and have committed to sourcing 100% of our future global electricity requirements from renewables.

RE100

collective action

A representative from our Environment Committee is on the steering committee for the Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership, a body set up to reduce Islington's carbon footprint by 40% by 2020.