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The relative bargaining power of the firm should be considered - it may be difficult for a relatively small law firm to capture the attention of a global software provider on this issue so we recommend prioritising resources on areas where you are more likely to achieve results and where the carbon impact of the product is likely to be high. A large supplier may be further along its green journey than your firm is and may be able to advise you on how to reduce carbon impact.
Here we focus on examples of products and services that are likely to be familiar to most law firms (for example, paper or energy). However, these examples are not exhaustive, and you may find the following framework useful for prioritising other categories. We have used it to identify whether the carbon impact of each stage in the product life cycle is high or low.
Carbon usage - High or Low?
Once the risk of a category is established as High or Low, this can be contrasted with its volume of use within the firm, which can most easily be measured by annual spend. Firms are then likely to prioritise effort in relation to those categories sitting in the top right hand quadrant.
Example of how to apply the key questions to paper procurement
This document is largely based on the procurement resources developed by the Legal Sector Alliance of England and Wales. AusLSA would like to thank the LSA-UK for sharing this resource and allowing AusLSA to adapt it for the Australian market.
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