Reporting Boundary: UK office operations (8 sites)
Emission sources: Electricity, T&D losses, natural gas, refrigerants, fleet, water, business
travel, paper, homeworking (not included in total footprint)
Reporting Period: 01 May 2020 to 30 April 2021
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Womble Bond Dickinson, a transatlantic law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers based in 28 US and UK offices, has achieved certification to 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.
“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 Planet Mark are happy to be a part of the firm’s sustainability journey.”
“We’re proud to have been awarded 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.
Off the back of discussions with like-minded organisations, Womble Bond Dickinson are engaging with Planet Mark to enhance its social value reporting, providing a holistic view of its positive impact on planet and society. Planet Mark have also helped Womble Bond Dickinson with their SECR work; helping to align its environmental reporting year with its financial year.
Environmental representatives at each of Womble Bond Dickinson’s offices have helped to champion sustainability and bring to life the targets and goals set throughout the organisation. The company has created initiatives such as the community challenge at their Plymouth office which resulted in a reduction of 110kg Co2, as well as the drive towards making its cafes free from single-use plastics. These initiatives mean that the entire team at Womble Bond Dickinson are challenging their own behaviour to help push improvements in sustainability.
Womble Bond Dickinson encourage open discussions about their sustainability initiatives through their Responsible Business Report, which is shared on its website and distributed to clients and external stakeholders including suppliers. From challenging its supply chain to embrace more sustainable products and services, to switching to virtual client meetings where possible, Womble Bond Dickinson is bringing their entire community along on its journey.
As part of the Planet Mark certification, Womble Bond Dickinson has committed to make a year-on-year reduction.