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. These include: contributing to our community, giving back through pro bono work, being a responsible employer, and our approach to working sustainably.

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

Project Footprint

In 2007 we established Project Footprint, a working group focusing 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, including carefully considering our needs and methods of business travel, reducing food waste and recycling paper throughout our offices. Our regular internal communications encourage our people to be mindful of our environmental impact and how we can all work in a more sustainable way.

Toitū certification and emissions reduction

We meet the requirements of Toitū's carbonreduce certification having measured its 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 have 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.

Read our Toitū carbonzero certification summary

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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 belong to 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 and we also provided an expert legal opinion on whether company directors and fund (scheme) managers must consider climate change in their decision-making.