Corporate responsibility

Our environmental policy

Climate change

We’re committed to taking action on climate change.

It's no longer just relevant to environmental lawyers. It’s already fundamentally impacting all areas of law, business and society. For solicitors, it's beginning to affect how our businesses are run and how we provide legal services.

We’ve published a climate change resolution to support both individual solicitors and the companies or firms that they work for, to develop a climate-conscious approach to legal practice.

The resolution is also our public commitment to develop plans and take rapid action to restrict global warming by adopting science-based targets for our own business operations.

The only way to achieve the goals set out by world leaders and the UK government is through collective action.

We’re also proud to be a member of the responsible business movement Business in the Community.

What we're doing

Our success as an organisation depends on how we manage our environmental impact. We have put in place a formal environmental policy committed to improving and maintaining our performance.

We are committed to reducing our environmental impact in a range of areas.

Working with our staff

  • Making sure our staff and visitors are aware of our policy and the reasons for it
  • Providing staff training on how to reduce our environmental impact
  • Encouraging staff participation and commitment to our policy

Our energy use

  • Using renewable energy
  • Making sure our buildings are as energy efficient as possible
  • Reducing our overall energy use

Our waste management

  • Reducing the amount of waste we create
  • Using every opportunity to reuse and recycle
  • Using natural resources efficiently, such as reducing our use of paper and stationery
  • Reducing the amount of water we use

How we work

  • Managing, monitoring and reducing the impact of our business operations
  • Buying effectively and ethically from our suppliers
  • Considering the environmental performance of our suppliers
  • Considering the environment when making future business policy decisions
  • Having an environmental management scheme with a certified accreditation

Our environmental objectives

We have a formal environmental policy which sets out our objectives and targets for 2020 to 2021. We will:

  • deliver a 2% reduction in energy use per employee year on year
  • deliver a 5% reduction in paper used per employee year on year
  • reduce overall business mileage by 5% per employee compared to last year
  • continue to monitor waste and increase the accuracy of data collected
  • maintain zero waste to landfill

Read our environmental policy statement (PDF 557 KB)

Supporting our members

Legal Sustainability AllianceWe’re working with the Legal Sustainability Alliance (LSA) and our members to improve their environmental impact. The LSA encourages its members to:

  • use sustainable development goals
  • develop more sustainable ways of working

The LSA is an inclusive group of law firms and related organisations committed to working together to improve their environmental sustainability. Membership is open to all law firms, in-house legal departments and chambers.

By joining, you make a commitment to accepting the LSA’s principles and acting on each of them. LSA members are asked to report back on what they have done at the end of each year. The LSA also provides free access to events, resources, tools and advice.

Diversity and inclusion

The Law Society has made a commitment to eradicate unlawful discrimination and promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

We’re an equal opportunities employer and it’s our policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally.

Find out about the measures we’ve put in place to support our approach to diversity and inclusion

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