LEGAL SECTOR SUSTAINABILITY INSIGHT: Report of AusLSA Members 2015
- From the AusLSA Chair
- Introducing Social Sustainability
- Electricity use down
- Business travel down
- Paper use decreasing
- Carbon Offsetting increasing
FROM THE AusLSA CHAIR
FROM THE AusLSA CHAIRS
AusLSA Annual reporting expands to cover the sustainability of people, community and supply chain management while continuing to record consistent reductions of firm’s environmental impacts.
Our collective reporting on these issues is another milestone in our sector’s maturity and transparency in addressing the things that matter and is important to our collective success. We believe that, not only does this form of reporting create value for our member firms and their employees, but it is increasingly a core expectation of our our clients, governments and the community.
We have also retitled this report from being an ‘Environmental Insight’ to a ‘Sustainability Insight’, to reflect our journey towards being demonstrably more sustainable. We are pleased to report that our member firms have embraced this broader social reporting. All of our executive member firms have provided more information on how they are addressing material issues in our sector and overall 78% of our reporting member firms have provided similar information.
We are also pleased to note that our members have continued to reduce their environmental impacts across the three environmental categories that we monitor; greenhouse gases, paper use and waste. This year members have reduced their greenhouse gas intensity by 8% (or 14% over the last two years).
Members also reduced their paper use per employee use by 9% (or 11% over the last two years). Our waste recycling index has improved marginally, with recycling of comingles, paper, organics and e-waste available in an average of 81% of facilities.
In early 2016, the board will be developing a new strategic plan to steer AusLSA to 2020. The new plan
will build on AusLSA’s achievements during the past six years and position the alliance to respond to the sustainability challenges and opportunities that we face both as an industry and as important part of the community. We hope all our members and stakeholders will take the upcoming opportunities provide their views about the future direction and priorities for AusLSA.
We again thank our members for their candid contributions to this year’s report and look forward to
ongoing expansion of this reporting over the coming years.
Brendan Bateman and Kelvin O'Connor
Co Chairs, AusLSA
Partner, Clayton Utz