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Sustainability

We recognize that we have a responsibility to address the environmental issues that jeopardize the earth’s ecosystems and the future of our communities.

We have taken strategic measures to reduce our energy and resource consumption and we continue to explore innovative approaches to reducing our own environmental footprint. 

We look for opportunities to work with not-for-profits that are working toward positive environmental change, and also work on various pro bono projects related to providing clean energy and reducing energy poverty for people in developing countries.

Sustainability policy

We are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment – to protect the planet, ensure resources are available for future generations, and create a better quality of life for all living beings. We recognize that the way in which we operate has an impact on the environment and are committed to integrating sustainability best practice into our decision-making and business activities worldwide.

Our key impacts arise from waste generation, energy use including travel, and resource consumption. We are seeking to minimize these impacts through continual improvement in our environmental performance.

In seeking to improve our environmental performance, we will focus on the following areas in particular:

Waste management: We will manage waste generated by our business as efficiently as possible, and will seek to reduce, reuse and recycle waste wherever possible.

Reduction of greenhouse gases: We will include environmental considerations such as energy efficiency into the acquisition, design and operation of all our buildings where practicable. We will promote the use of travel options or alternatives to travel that minimize our impact on the environment.

Water consumption: We will manage our water consumption by installing water efficient measures in all our buildings where possible and feasible.

Procurement: We will take into account the environmental credentials of suppliers when awarding contracts and will consider environmentally responsible alternatives to products and services which we procure.

Stakeholder engagement: We will encourage and promote environmental awareness amongst our staff through information, instruction and training.

Clients: We will share our sustainability policy and objectives with our clients and, where appropriate, encourage our clients to adopt environmental and sustainability strategies.

Communication: We will communicate our sustainability policy internally and externally.

Law and regulation: We will comply with all laws and regulation relating to the environment.

Review: We will periodically review and, if necessary, revise our environmental policy to ensure that it continues to meet the highest best practice standards.

Governance:  Our Executive Committee is responsible for deciding the firm’s sustainability policy, objectives and targets and for ensuring that the necessary organization and resources exist to facilitate their achievement. It is also the responsibility of each and every employee to implement this policy within the practice and to live up to its commitments.

Sustainability in the UK

Sustainability in Australia

Sustainability in Canada


Our corporate responsibility program

Pro bono

We encourage our people to use their legal knowledge on a pro bono basis to help people in the communities where we live and work, who otherwise lack access to the services we offer.

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Volunteering

We encourage our people to take an active role in society, using their skills to help disadvantaged or vulnerable people in our local communities.

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Fundraising

We support a number of charities through fundraising activities, or simply by making a donation.

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Sustainability

We recognize we have a responsibility to address the environmental issues that jeopardize the earth’s ecosystems and the future of our communities.

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Our global corporate responsibility initiatives

Nelson Mandela Foundation

Our current global charitable initiative is in support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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BP MS 150

Inspired by our North American colleagues, who have participated in this event for many years, we have made this one of our global charitable initiatives since 2014 by entering a team of 100 cyclists.

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Movember

The annual Movember fundraiser is another opportunity for us to give back .

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