Promoting sustainability through the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA)
Swaab Attorneys is a founding member of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance, an industry-led association with a mission to work collaboratively to promote sustainable practices across the legal sector. We were proud that in 2011 we were one of the eight firms nationwide to publish information about our carbon footprint. See The Environmental Consumption of AusLSA Members, Report 2009/2010.
Data was compiled using AusLSA's Environmental Consumption Calculator (ECC), the only benchmarked environmental reporting system for law firms in Australia. Using the ECC as a common tool within the group of eight firms produced a snapshot which is far more objective and informative than the usual internal sustainability reporting, in which individual firms typically create their own reporting framework based on different sets of assumptions.
By measuring and reporting on our environmental consumption, Swaab and the other founding members of AusLSA are making a public commitment to reduce our impact on the environment. We hope that other law firms will be inspired by our example and do the same.
Through sharing resources and experience across the profession, we believe that we will be able to create efficiencies, learn from one another's successes and achieve more than we could as individual firms.