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Stephenson Harwood

Law firm Stephenson Harwood is committed to embedding environmental, social and governance policies into corporate strategies, operations and investment decisions.
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2 years

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Highlights

Measure

Location-based total carbon footprint

Reporting Boundary: London (1 Finsbury Circus, London, EC2M 7SH)

Emission Sources: Electricity, T&D Losses, Natural Gas, Building Fuel, Refrigerants, Water,
Business Travel, Waste, Paper, and Homeworking (not included in footprint)

Reporting Period: 01 May 2021 – 30 Apr 2022

587.8 tC0₂e

Location-based total carbon footprint per employee

0.9 tC0₂e

Market-based total carbon footprint

315.3 tC0₂e

Market-based total carbon footprint per employee

0.5 tC0₂e

Engage

FTE employees

We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.

648

Communicate

UN Sustainable Development Goals

We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 7 SDG.

7

Certification story

Stephenson Harwood, a law firm with over 1,100 people worldwide, including more than 180 partners, has achieved Planet Mark certification. Achieving Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders. 


This is Stephenson Harwood’s second year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. Over the next year, the law firm will be working towards reducing its carbon emissions and sharing its journey with its community to inspire others. By being more strategic about its environmental responsibility, it will be able to significantly increase its positive impact and hope to encourage continual improvements within its community.

Through Planet Mark, the company has protected an area of endangered rainforest thanks to Cool Earth; a charity working alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation. Its pledge through Cool Earth directly supports the Asháninka community in Central Peru.

It has also helped the Eden Project – an educational charity building connections with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work together towards a better future.

Steve Malkin
Founder and CEO
Planet Mark
“Stephenson Harwood is taking decisive action on its sustainability policy. Building upon many previous successes, the company’s commitment to continuous improvement in its carbon footprint will give its clients and stakeholders assurance that Stephenson Harwood has the best interests of the planet in mind. I’m pleased to welcome the company into our community and look forward to making progress together.”
Axel Koelsch
Chief Operating Officer
Stephenson Harwood
“Decreasing carbon emissions is a central facet of our green initiatives and drive to operating in a more environmentally responsible way; we are committed to reaching net zero. Through our work with Planet Mark, we’ve a much clearer idea of where we stand now – and, critically, where we can achieve that goal. Being clear about actions and timetable for our own footprint is important as a substantial part of our practice deals with decarbonisation for our clients, whether in energy generation and storage, or shipping and other forms of transportation.”

In 2020, Stephenson Harwood’s London office achieved carbon neutral status, offsetting the unavoidable carbon emissions which result from our operations. To offset the emissions, the company is contributing to a community reforestation project in East Africa, through a carbon credits programme. Stephenson Harwood also provides pro bono legal advice to specialist not-for-profit organisations, such as Plastic Odyssey and the Global Maritime Forum, that are seeking solutions to environmental issues.

Climate change has been consistently climbing the agendas of law firms across the world. In the decade of climate action, the legal industry must capitalise on clients’ increasing awareness of our need to save the planet from our changing climate. Becoming knowledgeable about sustainability and following best practices has become an integral part of client acquisition in the sector. A thorough sustainability policy is also of growing importance in the recruitment and retention of staff, and the long-term resilience of a business.

Future targets

Reduce carbon emissions by at least 2.5% each year

To recertify next year Stephenson Harwood must reduce emissions by 2.5%.

Aim to reduce carbon emissions by 5% each year

A 5% year-on-year reduction is the target reduction recommended by Planet Mark.

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