Womble Bond Dickinson, a transatlantic law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers based in 28 US and UK offices, has achieved certification to The Planet Mark.
This is Womble Bond Dickinson’s 3rd year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. It first calculated the carbon footprint of its UK operations for the year ending December 2017 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
Womble Bond Dickinson’s carbon footprint, when calculated through the location-based method, in the year ending April 2020 was 1,596.0 tCO2e. The relative carbon footprint was 1.1 tCO2e per employee. Womble Bond Dickinson’s total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2019 was 1,586.6 tCO2e, a decrease of 14.9% from the year ending 2018.
The carbon saved by Womble Bond Dickinson in the year ending 2019 is the equivalent to 280 return flights from London to New York.
Steve Malkin, CEO and Founder of The Planet Mark, commented: “I’m so pleased to see the progress made by Womble Bond Dickinson. Through its international influence and its huge range of stakeholders, the change the team is able to make will be felt far and wide. Its reduction in carbon emissions is no small feat, and it has demonstrated actions that complement the firm’s sustainable commitments. Womble Bond Dickinson is truly walking the walk on sustainability, and we at The Planet Mark are happy to be a part of the firm’s sustainability journey.
Nicki Shepherd, General Counsel and Partner at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson said: “We’re proud to have been awarded The Planet Mark certification for the third year running, on the back of our firm-wide efforts to reduce carbon emissions. We care deeply about the impact of our actions on our people, our local communities and the environment; and strive to be a socially aware and ethical business. With eight offices in the UK and over 1000 employees, gathering our emissions data can be challenging but The Planet Mark enables us to track our continuous improvement, providing helpful tools and guidance so we can report accurately, reduce our carbon footprint; and minimise the negative impact it has on the environment.”
Womble Bond Dickinson aims to minimise the impact the firm has on the environment and are committed to enhancing its environmental performance and finding sustainable ways to improve its environmental management system. In addition to its carbon reduction emissions with The Planet Mark, the firm is a founding member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance. To achieve its sustainability goals, the firm has taken a number of practical measures, such as installing LED lighting, reducing printing volumes, encouraging the use of video conferencing, re-filtering mains water for consumption, as well as reducing the amount of food waste and energy consumption across its offices.
The legal industry has an opportunity to thrive in a sustainable future. The environment has become central to so many areas of life, and boardrooms and policymakers alike are taking note. The legal industry must be responsive to this shift. This can be achieved by a renewed focus on environmental law itself, but also in the way law firms conduct their own business and engage with their supply chains. An all-encompassing approach to sustainability is vital to success in the modern world.
CERTIFIED YEAR 3
This is to certify that Womble Bond Dickinson has achieved a reduction in its carbon footprint and is committed to continous improvement in sustainability.
Valid to 31 July 2021
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