Business management

4 ways to improve your firm’s environmental impact

Volvo Car UK suggest four core actions you can take now to make your law firm a greener place to work.


We all care about protecting our planet. So, it’s no surprise that in the modern world, customers and employees expect businesses to do their bit too.

If you’re looking for some inspiration on where to start, here are a few small but significant changes that can help reduce your organisation’s footprint.

1. Offer the option of a greener pension

Many traditional pension funds are heavily invested in industries that aren’t particularly environmentally friendly.

For example:

  • oil
  • coal
  • arms

Although everyone has the right to choose how their own pension is invested, making it easy for your employees to select a greener option (or even making it the default at your company) helps every individual feel like they’re making a difference.

These ‘greener’ pensions will often take a company’s environmental impact into account when making investment decisions, or even purposefully invest in green sectors like renewable energy.

Of course, always research your options to protect your employees when making such an important decision.

2. Find alternatives to single-use items

The plastic straw might be the undisputed king of environmentally damaging single-use items, but there are plenty more less well-known ones that can be replaced with reusable (or recyclable) alternatives.

Volvo committed to no more single-use plastics at all offices, events, and canteens in 2019.

Offices should be your first stop to make small changes like these that, one by one, can add up substantially.

For example:

  • replacing paper towels in bathrooms with economical hand dryers
  • using recyclable or reusable cutlery, rather than plastic cutlery
  • giving employees reusable water bottles and coffee cups

3. Switch to renewable energy

Choosing green power is one of the easiest ways for you to reduce your carbon footprint.

In fact, the hardest part of switching is simply deciding which provider to choose.

It’s worth noting that not all of these providers generate renewable energy directly. Some might just buy renewable energy certificates.

Ideally, you want your money to be funding renewable energy projects for the future, so it’s worth taking the time to research your provider carefully.

Switching is a great move that most companies can do.

It might just be the springboard you need to work towards a completely climate-neutral location – like the Volvo Torslanda plant in Sweden, which was one of the first climate-neutral car factories in the world.

Having renewable energy on-site also makes it an even better idea to...

4. Electrify your company cars

Your entire fleet is an opportunity waiting to be taken.

Electrified fleet cars – particularly if you’re powering them with renewable energy – are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint whilst also modernising your fleet.

For example, the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric produces zero emissions whilst driving, as well as coming with the latest Google Services to keep your drivers connected on the move. It also offers benefit-in-kind tax as low as 1% this financial year.

If you’re not ready to go fully electric, then consider starting with plug-in hybrids.

They’re a smart way to bridge the gap, and still leaps ahead of most traditional engines if used correctly.

For example, a Volvo plug-in hybrid offers up to 36 miles of zero emissions driving – perfect to help you combat emissions from business driving and commutes.

With much of the car industry going electric, now’s that key moment where having the right fleet support and expertise by your side could really help you reap the benefits for years to come.

Brought to you in partnership with Volvo Car UK

Volvo have bold sustainability plans, with one of the most ambitious and forward-thinking electrification strategies in the industry and a commitment to being fully climate neutral by 2025.

If you and your company would like to join them on that electric journey, Law Society members have an easy and simple way into the world of electrified driving thanks to a partnership with Volvo Car UK.

Find out more about our partnership with Volvo Car UK

You can also get in touch with your local Volvo retailer and discover how electrified vehicles can transform your business and its impact.