EcoVadis ratings highlight environmental policies and sustainable procurement practices alongside annual in-depth sustainable communities report launch.
We are proud to announce that, for the second year running, we have been awarded the prestigious silver medal award by EcoVadis, the world’s largest provider of business sustainability ratings. Our sustainability score increased to move us from the 70th to the 83rd percentile of all companies assessed. EcoVadis reported improvements in environmental policies and sustainable procurement practices, maintaining our position at the forefront of sustainability in the IP sector, having been the first ever UK based European IP firm to receive a silver medal last year.
EcoVadis sustainability assessments are the leading benchmark for examining performance across a range of sustainability metrics, including environment, social and governance. They have been used by over 90,000 companies in over 160 countries and over 200 industries. The comprehensive assessment is based on a customised questionnaire linked to industry, country and size, and resulting in an actionable scorecard.
The award comes after the approval of our near and long-term science-based emissions reductions targets to reducing scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions by 42% by 2030 by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). We are also the only IP firm so far in Europe to have our long-term target of a 90% reduction in scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions from a 2021 base year and commitment to net-zero verified by SBTi.
Today, we also launch our Sustainable Communities Special Report 2023 published each year as part of our Forward Community Programme, which examines the firm’s charitable giving, diversity and inclusion strategy and environmental initiatives as well as publishing carbon footprint and gender pay gap data. The report details the steps taken, progress and notable achievements the firm has made in the last year as well as setting out plans for the next.
A testament to our commitment to having a positive impact on its people and communities, we are also excited to announce Rachel Collier, Paralegal at Mewburn Ellis, won the prestigious Community Champion of the Year award, along with the firm winning the National Paralegal Business of the Year award, at the National Paralegal Awards held on Thursday 14 September.
Eleanor Maciver, Partner and Sustainability Champion says:
“Our journey towards sustainability is not just words, it's a promise; a tangible transformation we are going through as a firm that sets us apart and sets a benchmark for others within our industry. From our commitment to net-zero through to our focus and promotion of inclusion and diversity and our community outreach with £790,000 donated to good causes so far, we take deliberate action to prioritise sustainability for our people, our clients and because it’s simply the right thing to do."
Richard Clegg, Managing Partner says:
“It has been very encouraging to see how our rating has progressed on several fronts and it is a clear indication of the work we have done across our sustainability projects such as the development of our net-zero transition plan and new supplier strategy. We have a clear understanding of where we need to continue to develop and will continue to work together as a firm to deliver on the commitments set out in our Sustainability Report.
This Sustainable Communities 2023 Annual Report summarises the progress we have made in the last twelve months since our previous annual report and highlights our tremendous achievements, as well as setting out our plans for 2023-24.
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