A pioneering group of Australian firms have taken the bold step
of revealing their carbon footprints as the legal industry moves
towards becoming eco-friendly.
Article originally published in the Lawyers Weekly, 8 April
Australia's first ever report on the environmental
consumption of law firms was released last week in an effort to
raise awareness and collectively improve the environmental impact
of the country's legal industry.
Produced by the newly formed Australian Legal Sector Alliance
(AusLSA), the Environmental Consumption of AusLSA Members 2009/2010
report revealed the carbon footprint of AusLSA's eight founding
executive members, providing a transparent baseline for future
Officially launched by the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP, the
report exposed the carbon emissions of Clayton UTZ, DLA Phillips
Fox, Henry Davis York, Jackson McDonald, Maddocks, McCullough
Robertson, Norton Rose Australia and Swaab Attorneys.
"The publication of this report demonstrates a significant
commitment by the AusLSA executive members," said Terence
Jeyaretnam, the director of sustainability advisory firm Net
"In Australia, very few law firms have taken the bold step
of publicly reporting their environmental footprint. By holding
themselves accountable in this way, the AusLSA executive members
should be commended for their courage and leadership in working
together for the collective good."
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Swaab Attorneys was the highest ranking law firm and the
13th best place to work in Australia in the 2010 Business Review
Weekly Best Places to Work Awards. The firm was a finalist in the
2010 BRW Client Choice Awards for client service and was named the
winner in the 2009 Australasian Legal Business Employer of Choice
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