Our environmental footprint and commitment to being a sustainable business

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We’re committed to supporting the country’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. Our sustainability strategy encompasses four key work-streams: contributing to our community, giving back through pro bono work, being a responsible employer, and our approach to working sustainably.

Toitū certification and emissions reduction

We meet the requirements of Toitū's carbonreduce certification having measured our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in accordance with ISO 14064-1:2006. We are committed to managing and reducing our emissions and have developed a GHG emissions management plan and reduction targets.

To begin with, we nominated a conservative target of an absolute emissions reduction of at least 3% by 30 November 2022. We hope to exceed this. To do so, we are reviewing policies and processes for assessing the need for and methods of business travel, reduction and continued recycling of paper and food waste throughout our offices, and investigating office energy efficiency options.

Since a recording of 1,129.11 tCO2e in the year-ending 30 November 2018, Chapman Tripp has continued in its development of specific goals related to environmental sustainability and has recorded total emissions of 946.18 tCO2e as at 30 November 2019, and 379.65 tCO2e as at 30 November 2020. This reduction was a result across several data points, not just the obvious carbon emission reductions due to the COVID-19 lockdowns and reduced air travel.

Read our Toitū carbonzero certification summary

Project Footprint

In 2007 we established Project Footprint, a working group focused on driving awareness of our firm's environmental impacts and what we can do to minimise them.

We’ve identified numerous ways we can make a positive difference, and Project Fooprint is committed to encouraging our people to be mindful of our environmental impact and how we can all work in a more sustainable way.

Our environmental sustainability performance

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The firm’s key focus in 2021 is to embed, in a sustainable manner, the practices, changes in behaviour and learnings that have led to the reductions Chapman Tripp has experienced since its base year, while identifying where further savings can be achieved.
Greer Fredricson, Community Director

Our memberships 

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Sustainable Business Network

We are proud to be a member of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN). We are committed to improving our sustainability performance, working together to empower business so people and nature prosper, and supporting the restoration of New Zealand’s waterways through our membership contribution to Million Metres.

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Sustainable Business Council

As part of the firm’s commitment, we have joined the Sustainable Business Council. We’ve been working towards developing and implementing a sustainability plan, which means we will aim to reduce our carbon footprint and drive sustainability through our supply chain.

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The Aotearoa Circle

We are partners of The Aotearoa Circle, a think-tank committed to achieving a sustainable economy and reversing the decline of our natural resources. We've helped the Circle's sustainable finance forum draft an interim report to generate discussion on how best to achieve these goals. We also provided an expert legal opinion on whether company directors and fund (scheme) managers must consider climate change in their decision-making, and also published a toolkit for directors intending to make climate risk manageable for boards.

Sustainability is high on our agenda and Chapman Tripp is leading the way.