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Sustainability

The shift to a more sustainable way of doing business needs people who embrace change and spark innovation. We’re up for the challenge, are you?

Sustainability is a core strategic initiative for us – it’s vital to our people, our clients and our planet. We embrace the step change needed to transform our business; not just minimising our environmental impact but, as a global citizen, making a positive contribution towards a more sustainable future. 

We believe that technology can be a force for good. Our work with some of the world’s most cutting-edge companies gives us firsthand insight into the innovative approaches that create a new blueprint for sustainable living, so where possible we apply this to our own firm too.

We routinely manage our buildings responsibly, consider the impact of business travel, reduce waste and consumption, and recycle wherever we can. More importantly, we commit to business decisions that support our sustainability pledges alongside our long-term economic growth strategies.

We know that good ideas come from engaged people, so we invite everyone at the firm to share ideas, know-how and experience in pursuit of our goals. Working together as one firm, it’s all the little actions that add up to a big change. 

Our sustainability policy

We're on the right track

We are proud of the positive trends we have seen in our environmental performance, including year on year reductions in greenhouse gas, paper and water consumption per FTE.

We’ve signed a commitment to the Science-Based Target initiative -  a partnership between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The SBTi call to action is one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. 

In 2022, we are working hard on the creation and implementation of our Net Zero strategy so expect more on this later in the year.

We have achieved a bronze EcoVadis rating, which measures our sustainability performance across four categories: environment, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement (bronze ranking).  

We are members of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, and our holistic approach ensures that the environment is considered by all employees as part of our day-to-day, business-as-usual activities, rather than in a series of individual, disconnected initiatives.

Industry Collaboration

Collaboration is crucial to drive real change, so we’re proud to be involved in the below initiatives: 

  • UN Global Compact: Our Singapore office is a participant and thought leadership contributor of the Global Compact Network Singapore.  

  • UN Guiding Principles: we are currently in the process of implementing the principles in our Nordic offices.

  • C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group: we designed a bespoke procurement process to appoint city and technical advisors to assist cities across the globe implement their climate change action plans.

  • Euro Borgarlínan project: we delivered the two priority procurements underpinning Iceland's transformational, multi-billion Euro Borgarlínan project, a proposed new green Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in and around Reykjavík.

  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development: we are currently supporting WBCSD in the preparation of a renewable heat-as-a-service report.

  • International Bar Association: we are the Secretary of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law.

  • Environmental Industries Commission: we chair the EIC’s sustainable smart cities task force which has: established a knowledge sharing platform; produced reports - “Smart cities and the Environment” (2015), “Energy efficiency in property portfolios” (2016) and “Strategy to Reality: getting smart cities to deliver for the environment” (2019); and organised various industry events (e.g. active travel).

  • We teach the law course at the Sustainable Mobility Management MBA at Technical University Berlin.
  • Our commitment to driving the climate change agenda includes our pro bono contribution to drafting precedent contract clauses for The Chancery Lane Project’s Climate Contract Playbook

  • Since November 2017, we have been part of the LeMO Project, an EU funded research project set to explore the impact of big data on sustainability of the European transport sector.

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