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Environmental damage is one of the greatest challenges the world faces. And as a founding member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance and accredited to ISO14001, we are keen to play our part.

We are committed to achieving net zero status by 2030, 20 years before the Government’s proposed 2050 deadline, and will maintain our plans for how to achieve this throughout the intervening years.

The environment features highly on many agendas. However, it is action, not words, which is required to make a difference. Our management team are keen to lead by example and reach beyond our obligations by setting a benchmark for others to follow.

Alongside our newly formed active environment committee, we are now calculating our annual emissions to monitor progress. As a result of capturing this data, year-on-year, we can maintain our Carbon Reduction plan.

  • We are continuing to reduce our paper usage substantially, with paper-lite and paperless operations already present in some departments.
  • We are members of the Sustainable Recruitment Alliance, with goals to reduce the environmental impact on early talent recruitment.
  • We recycle all possible materials.
  • We are working with our landlords to promote electric charging points in our car parks.
  • We encourage our teams to minimise travel, and have put in place the technology to make this possible. Our travel policy encourages the uptake of means of travel with the lowest environmental impact.
  • We encourage and incentivise our ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme, having doubled the amount available to enable the purchase of electric bikes, if desired.
  • We have issued metal business cards which digitally transfer contact details to a recipient’s phone, reducing waste. We also use QR codes across all literature to reduce paper usage, and enable updates to be made to information without reprinting.
  • We continue to learn from the past; such as reductions in printing, travel, commuting and electricity, to create ongoing flexible working patterns.

Carbon reduction plan

Our commitment to the environment forms one of the core pillars in our Responsible Business Strategy and we have committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2030. This Carbon Reduction Plan has been completed following guidance outlined in the Technical standard for Completion of Carbon Reduction Plan and will be reviewed and updated annually.

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Our objectives and commitments

   To publish and maintain an up-to-date Carbon Reduction plan.

To continue to keep paper usage at under 50% of historic levels.


To achieve net zero status by 2030.


To benchmark our travel usage in 2022/23, and maintain these significantly reduced levels for the coming year.


CO2 emissions

In 22/23, we kept CO2 emissions as a result of printer usage at 49% of historic levels recorded during 2019.


We have put in systems to record travel at a much more granular level, enabling us to determine our impact, and in so doing help inform effective decision making. We are looking to introduce systems to better understand the environmental impact of our people’s commuting.


As a result of recycling, we saved 558 trees, 39m3 of landfill, 138000kwH, 19,698kg of CO2 and 1,050,560L of water.

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Our Communities

Giving back to the communities in which we operate has always been, and will continue to be, a key priority for Ward Hadaway.

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Our People

Our people are our most important asset. We have spent many years building a business and a team to be extremely proud of.

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