We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and recognise that environmental performance is critical to the successful operation of our firm. We know the importance of adopting best environmental practices and this is part of our culture.
We are members of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, an inclusive movement of law firms committed to taking action and working collaboratively to improve the environmental sustainability of our operations.
Our specialist Shipping & Logistics team, LA Marine, is proud to be an institutional supporter of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations by signing The Green Pledge. The campaign aims to reduce the carbon footprint of international arbitrations through behavioural change. We look forward to supporting this initiative and make a positive impact on the environment.
Ways in which we demonstrate our commitment to reducing our environmental impact include:
- We look to reduce our carbon footprint wherever possible. We have introduced video conferencing, encouraged less inter-office travel, and have increased the use of webinars vs. off-site training. Our travel policy includes a bikes4work scheme, car sharing and encouraging the use of public transport for business travel. All our offices are easily accessible via public transport.
- We reduce paper consumption by promoting paperless communications. We are increasingly using electronic transfer of documents and e-shots rather than postal mailings for marketing purposes. In addition, the use of recycled paper, duplex printing, recycling waste paper and sending internal post by recycling envelopes are some of the measures adopted by our workforce.
- We have implemented innovative energy-saving initiatives during office refurbishment. For example, electronic sensors are installed to limit unnecessary use of energy and all electrical equipment now purchased must have the best energy efficient grade.
- We have a piped drinking water system that provides both hot and cold water without the need for energy-hungry kettles and the additional waste created by bottled water systems.
- We do not use plastic cutlery or plastic cups in our breakrooms so as to limit single use consumables.
- We have removed all desk bins from our offices and require all recyclable waste to be disposed of in recycling bins.
- We work with our waste management service provider to maximise the types of waste that can be recycled, including paper, cardboard, bottles, tins, batteries, glass and printer cartridges.
- We recycle old office equipment wherever possible; for example, desks are taken by a recycling company and carpet tiles are taken for refurbishment and re-used, offsetting 17 tonnes of carbon dioxide credits.
- We recycle obsolete computer kit via an environmentally or charitable agency.
- We favour suppliers that actively reduce their environmental footprint by conserving resources such as water, electricity and other types of energy and who strive to minimise their waste within their own operations.
- Similarly, we are more likely to engage with suppliers who make every effort to reduce the impact of deliveries and take every opportunity to obtain products from their local providers where possible.