Day: August 26, 2014
By Melanie Hodges Neufeld
The CBA recently launched the CBA Law Office Sustainability Challenge to improve firm-wide environmental performance. To assist firm to ‘go green’, the CBA developed a toolkit to provide simple, straightforward and effective ways to improve their environmental practices. The CBA claims that application of the toolkit will result in:
- Cost Savings: Improving energy efficiency and reducing use of water, paper, and other inputs to your practice can reduce overhead costs. Green workplaces (e.g. those with low levels of off gassing from office furnishings and coatings, those with good light and good indoor air quality) are also associated with improved health, resulting in increased productivity due to fewer sick days.
- Employee Recruitment and Retention: Increasingly, environmental issues factor into people’s choices about where to work. Green workplaces have been associated with greater productivity and employee satisfaction, which can translate into greater loyalty and lower staff turnover. Furthermore, the process of working toward shared environmental goals within the firm can contribute to a sense of team and community.
- Developing Expertise: Many law firms are increasingly advising clients on environmental issues. Making environmentally-conscious decisions in-house helps to develop the expertise needed to improve credibility with clients and may lead to reputational lift.
- Corporate Responsibility: Businesses of all sorts are increasingly under pressure from clients, consumers, employees, investors, and other stakeholders to “do the right thing” by improving environmental performance. Corporate responsibility is a business imperative for some companies and a company’s commitment to corporate citizenship can demonstrate its value to employees, clients and society at large.