Environmental

We take our environmental responsibility seriously. Taylor Wessing recognises that our business activities can have an impact upon the environment. By working closely with our staff, members, suppliers and service providers, it is our aim to identify that impact, manage it effectively, and reduce it wherever possible.

We have implemented an Environmental Management System and are ISO14001 certified, which is an International Standard in Environmental Management. We are also a member of Legal Sustainability Alliance, whose aim is to enable members of the Legal Sector to work together in establishing how it can influence the climate change agenda.

Policy statements

Environmental policy statement

Taylor Wessing is committed to reducing the environmental impact from our business activities which fall within the defined scope of our environmental management system.

To achieve this, the firm is committed to protecting the environment and preventing pollution by:

  • Enhancing our environmental performance by using an ISO14001 Environmental Management System to provide a framework for continual improvement
  • Identifying aspects of the firm's activities that have an environmental impact
  • Setting objectives and targets to reduce those environmental impacts
  • Communicating environmental objectives throughout the firm
  • Understanding and fulfilling our compliance obligations
  • Seeking to reduce our consumption of the world’s natural resources by minimising waste, promoting recycling, reducing energy consumption and any harmful emissions which result from business activities
  • Working wherever practicable with interested parties such as landlords, suppliers, contractors and clients on beneficial environmental programmes
  • Ensuring that whenever possible, goods and services are procured from sustainable sources or have a lower environmental impact than those goods or services they replace.

The UK Executive Board and our management team are committed to this policy and there is an annual review of its effectiveness.

Last review date: 1 April 2020

Energy policy statement

Taylor Wessing is committed to improving its energy performance and to minimising its energy waste wherever possible by implementing an ISO50001 Energy Management System.

Taylor Wessing aims to achieve improved energy performance by implementing a program of continual improvement and by setting objectives and targets. The firm actively promotes and commits to the following steps:

  • Improving energy performance throughout our UK office space.
  • Reducing energy consumption through a programme of energy saving measures.
  • Regularly review energy performance and seek continual improvement.
  • Providing a framework for setting and reviewing annual energy objectives and targets.
  • Engaging stakeholders to understand and minimise the energy impact of their role.
  • Take into account energy performance in the design when selecting, specifying or purchasing new equipment or making changes to the office space or any building service.
  • Making adequate resources and information available to achieve energy objectives and targets.
  • Complying with all legal and other requirements to which the firm subscribes that are applicable to energy use, consumption and efficiency at our UK offices.
  • Ensuring that this policy is documented and communicated at all levels within the firm.
  • Ensuring that this policy is available to the public upon request.
  • Reviewing this policy on an annual basis or upon significant change to our UK business operations.

The UK Executive Board and our management team are committed to this policy and there is an annual review of its effectiveness.

Scope of Energy policy:

The Energy Management System associated with the provision of legal services to a complex and varied range of domestic and international clients from office locations in London and Cambridge, to include grid supplied electricity for cooling, hot water systems, with mains connected natural gas providing energy for the heating batteries from air handling units and hot water generation.

Last review date: 1 April 2020