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.