King & Wood Mallesons has a commitment to developing and implementing sustainable business practices to minimise our environmental impact. We have implemented processes and technologies that minimise our carbon footprint, including green audits, programmed sensors for lighting, low wattage globes, recycling, video conferencing, water saving devices and the incorporation of sustainable design principles in our office fit outs.
We are a member of Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA), an industry-led association working collaboratively to promote sustainable practices across the legal sector. We report our carbon footprint publicly and benchmark our energy consumption and carbon footprint against other member law firms with whom we share best practice and innovations. We look to learn from our clients who we assist with their sustainability agendas and to benchmark against their initiatives.
We have a social responsibility as one of Australia’s largest law firms to be accountable for what we consume, and how this consumption affects the environment, not only in Australia but also within a global context. The firm has made a commitment to actively reduce our carbon footprint and the impact of our business on the environment through implementing changes in all Australian centres.
Our primary focus is on reducing our energy and water consumption, actively recycling and effectively managing our waste, making our properties and premises more efficient, choosing to travel only when necessary and opting to use video and teleconferencing facilities for meetings. We work with our current suppliers, and encourage potential new suppliers through our tender processes, to actively participate and deliver sustainable outcomes in the services they provide to the firm.
We have virtualised the vast majority of our server infrastructure, saving in excess of 40% of server energy consumption and have developed a print reduction scheme by raising staff awareness and changing work practices, including the increased use of duplexing and soft copies. This has reduced paper consumption and environmentally problematic colour printing by 30%.
We are also supporting new sustainable initiatives, both in the workplace and in the general community, through our work with our community partners. In 2009, Mallesons became one of the first law firms to become a certified Fairtrade Workplace, with the assistance of one of our community partners, Oxfam Australia. We communicate our commitment to sustainability to all partners and staff across our centres. We aim to raise awareness of environmental issues among employees and empower them to take action both at work and in their private lives.