The Partners and staff at Dutton Gregory recognise the need to encourage environmentally friendly working practices and are committed to reducing the harm that the work of the firm may cause to the local, regional and global environment.
- To use our best endeavours to be an environmentally friendly business and to continue to review our working practices and strategy to continue to reduce the firm’s negative impact on the environment.
To raise staff awareness of ‘green issues’ and to encourage their active involvement in becoming ‘green citizens’.
To consider environmental impacts in our purchasing.
To use resource efficiency to minimise waste and implement a recycling programme for consumables, particularly paper.
To reduce our reliance on car use and its impact on the environment and to assist staff in making better use of public and green transport alternatives.
WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY IMPLEMENTED:
We endeavour to minimise our use of paper which is the largest waste product for most law firms. We are happy to use email correspondence whenever appropriate to recue the use of paper in hard copy correspondence, also reducing the transporting of mail from our offices.
We have replaced our printers with multi functional devises (for faxing, scanning, printing and copying) which are more efficient at reducing energy, ink and paper usage.
We are in the process of upgrading our software programmes which will encourage electronic filing instead of paper files.
Our staff are encouraged to consider using greener methods of transport when commuting to work (for example, walking, cycling, car share schemes and better use of public transport).
Our consumption of fuel and energy is closely monitored and we educate our staff to ensure energy is not wasted, for example, we label electrical equipment and light switches to remind staff to turn these off when leaving a room.
A copy of this policy is publicly available on the firm’s website.
FUTURE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT:
- We are reviewing our purchasing policies and moving towards environmentally friendly and recycled paper products.
We use a local firm specialising in the recycling of confidential paper waste.
We have provided recycling bins for paper and other office consumables e.g. cardboard, plastic and cans, printer cartridges and fluorescent light tubes thereby reducing the volume of waste sent to landfill by the firm.
We are introducing agile working to reduce the use of cars during the day and to save time and energy by not having to travel to work during peak congestion times.
We are in the process of consulting with staff to offer an incentive scheme to reward staff who actively support and/or promote the ‘green’ aims of this firm.
We are in the process of upgrading computer software to improve efficiency and enable staff to work from home with remote access to our systems.
We have an obligation to protect, as far as possible, our data and that of our clients, much of which is 'personal' and/or 'sensitive'. As a result, and in accordance with guidance from the Information Commissioners Office and the National Cyber Security Centre etc, DG securely destroy old/unwanted equipment and media and do not re-sell or give it to other organisations, including charities.
However, DG do take their environmental obligations seriously and as far as possible ensure that we:
use trusted third parties and hold them to recognised standards, including complying with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive;
obtain destruction certificates from third party destruction services;
consider the geographic distance of our suppliers’, including how many stops have to be made en route, and managing these risks;
securely store items awaiting destruction, reducing the number of occasions when third parties are required;
get the most out of equipment during its useful life and reset/re-use within the business until end of life is reached;
destroy as much as possible in-house eg DVDs/CDs/BluRay discs, smartcards, swipe/chip & PIN cards, magnetic tape cartridges, floppy disks, cassettes, SD/ microSD cards etc.