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Embedding sustainability at the heart of the firm


Recognising that we all need to address the climate crisis, Just Purpose worked with Planet Mark to take action on our carbon footprint.

The climate crisis affects us all. While law firms are not carbon-intensive organisations, we all have a responsibility to mitigate our footprint. As a starting point, we engaged Planet Mark, an internationally recognised sustainability certification, to help us measure our carbon footprint in 2019/2020, giving us a base to reduce our carbon emissions each year. Following their assessment, Planet Mark will be working with us this year to upskill our in-house teams on how we can monitor our carbon footprint going forward, and how we can aim to reduce our carbon emissions each year. This project advances our goal to minimise our carbon footprint, and will ensure that the firm remains sustainable in a society that is placing increasing significance on environmental issues.

By working with Planet Mark to create a better picture of our carbon footprint, we have this year protected an acre of endangered rainforest thanks to Cool Earth; a charity working alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation. Our pledge through Cool Earth means we are helping them to support 13 rainforest partnerships, protecting 139,572 hectares of rainforest and storing over 22 million tonnes of carbon. This runs alongside our in-house tree-planting project launched in 2019, Rooting for Change, under which we have already pledged over 6,500 trees in South India. Through our work with Planet Mark this year, we are also supporting the Eden Project – an educational charity that connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work together towards a better future.
"Recognising that the climate crisis is one of the biggest challenges of our generation, Fieldfisher is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and has worked with Planet Mark to establish our base level carbon footprint for 2019/2020. This is one of several steps we have taken recently as a firm to ensure we operate sustainably." – Douglas Peniston, Operations Director
"Although law firms are not necessarily huge emitters of carbon, we do recognise that our business has a footprint and want to do everything in our power to reduce this. By putting our business under the magnifying glass and assessing where we can reduce our carbon emissions, we hope to play our part as a responsible corporate citizen seeking to avoid an impending climate catastrophe." – Sarah Lennon, Environment Programme Lead

We will continue to make a positive impact through our business, and hope that we can encourage others to take climate action along the way. Get in touch with Sustainability if you have any questions or suggestions you’d like to share with us.