Responsibly managing the environmental impact of the firm is an integral and essential part of the way we conduct our business. The climate crisis and the part we can play to support a low-carbon transition demands nothing less. We are focused on the areas where we have the greatest control and impact: energy, carbon emissions, waste and procurement.

In August 2020 DLA Piper International has committed to set science-based targets to reduce emissions across our entire value chain through the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi), a coalition established in 2015 which enables companies to set emission reduction targets in line with the Paris Agreement. We plan to submit our targets for approval by the SBTi in early 2021.

In 2019, in the UK, we certified our management system against the ISO 50001 energy management standard, and we plan to roll this out internationally. Our office-based programmes include waste reduction, elimination of single-use plastic and sourcing green electricity. We have also developed a new internal supplier-assurance framework to support our sustainable procurement policy. As a founding member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance and a signatory to the UN Global Compact, we are committed to actively contributing towards the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals. In the UK, for example, we've already committed to sourcing 100% certified renewable electricity for all our offices and premises by 2025, as part of the Legal Sustainability Alliance's Legal Renewables Initiative. We have also made a commitment to sponsor a "low-carbon flying" initiative that aims to develop a new methodology to measure carbon intensity of air travel as a tool to enable better decision-making in the professional services sector.

We are committed to delivering on the Decade of Action and will regularly report progress and share our challenges.