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:
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 minimise our impact on the environment.
We will manage our water consumption by installing water efficient measures in all our buildings where possible and feasible.
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.
We will encourage and promote environmental awareness amongst our staff through information, instruction and training.
We will share our sustainability policy and objectives with our clients and, where appropriate, encourage our clients to adopt environmental and sustainability strategies.
We will communicate our sustainability policy internally and externally.
Law and regulation
We will comply with all laws and regulation relating to the environment.
We will review periodically, and, if necessary, revise, our environmental policy to ensure that it continues to meet the highest best practice standards.
Our Executive Committee is responsible for deciding the firms sustainability policy, objectives and targets and for ensuring that the necessary organisation and resources exist to facilitate their achievement. It is also the responsibility of each and every employee to implement this policy in the practice and live up to its commitments.
Working with the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF)
We have worked closely with the TLDEF for the successful resolution of several high-profile lawsuits filed by transgender individuals who faced discriminatory actions. Among them are the cases of Chase Culpepper, who was forced to remove her makeup before she was allowed to take her first driver’s license photo in South Carolina because her gender marker indicated she was a male, and Coy Mathis, who was denied access to the female restrooms at her elementary school because although she lived as a female, she was born a male.