Our priority is to make sure that the way we operate has as little environmental impact as possible. We have a Sustainability Champion and a Sustainability Collaboration Group actively working on this. Sustainability is on the Board agenda too and is now an active part of our decision making process. We track our carbon use and report on this each year and fully offset all carbon we do use through carbon avoidance projects. We have also undertaken a number of external submissions and commitments to validate our approach and assess our credibility in this important area.
Five Step Climate Action Plan & Net-Zero Transition Plan
1. We ask questions and are accountable
We launched this action plan in 2022 and it began as a series of aims. We have delivered on every one of them and this is now a framework to continue to monitor progress. We now have an environmental strategy and a net-zero transition plan in place. Our net-zero transition plan outlines the key steps we plan to implement across the firm from energy use and travel to sustainable procurement and waste management. We also look at measurement and engagement to fully embed this initiative into the business.
2. We offset our carbon and are reducing it as much as possible
We track and report on our carbon footprint. We use this to help us understand where we need to improve. We have made a commitment to reduce our Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 42% by 2030 and track and reduce our Scope 3 and to reduce 1,2 and 3 by 90% by 2050 to reach net-zero. We are serious about this commitment and are now working towards these reductions. We have already reduced our emissions. Business travel is a significant contributor to our carbon footprint. We're working to reduce this and use our 'Sustainability Sense Check' to question transport choice, business need and perceived value. We are clever, use time and resources wisely and only travel when necessary. Each year we offset the carbon we do use through carbon avoidance projects.
3. We plant a tree for every new matter we open and have created a Mewburn Ellis Forest
We plant a tree for every new matter we open. The right tree in the right place, The Mewburn Ellis Forest is managed by responsible partners in a sustainable way is an important part of tackling the climate crisis. We are supporting the planting of native and biodiverse mix of tree species in planting sites around the world including the UK. These planting projects also help to support local communities and reduce poverty by employing local workers.
4. We enable and support the sustainability conversation and take personal responsibility
We believe that showcasing the good work of our clients and ensuring there is focus on the conversation around sustainability is an important part of the puzzle. We have recently launched our Green IP Report. and are talking extensively about this topic in our sustainability blogs and Green Tech spotlight page. We also now have an internal Sustainability Group made up of people that want to get involved with this initiative within the firm who are helping to identify and drive forward sustainability initiatives at the firm.
5. We support sustainability charities as part of our Forward Community Programme
As part of our community programme we donate a percentage of our funds each year to sustainable charities to support and reach areas that we cannot directly impact.