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The Legal Sector Alliance (LSA) is an inclusive movement of law firms and organisations committed to working collaboratively to take action on climate change by reducing their carbon footprint and adopting environmentally sustainable practices.
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LSA 2014 Annual Report available for download

The LSA 2014 Annual Report is now available to download (please click on the button on this page).

This report is the latest in a series of annual reports of LSA members’ progress in their journey to tackle climate change and address sustainable business practices through their activities. As well as highlighting collective progress across the LSA against the seven LSA Principles, the report provides more details on the performance of individual participating member firms.

We hope that this provides tangible evidence of real commitment as well as encouragement to all LSA members to continue the journey.

What’s new?

Inter Law Firm Forum on Disabilities

LSA members may be interested to learn about a recently established Inter Law Firm Forum on Disabilities. This Forum aims to share best practice, highlight areas for improvement and seek solutions from which all law firms can learn.

For more information, contact Claire Goody, EHS Manager, Eversheds - email: clairegoody@eversheds.com

Forthcoming Castle Debate: Flooding (30 Sept at Allen & Overy, 1 Bishops Square, E1 6AD)

The next Castle Debate, hosted by the Law Society and run in association with the LSA and Sykes Environmental, will take place on 30 Sept and will consider the issue of flood risk.

Climate change predictions indicate that rising sea levels and more frequent and severe rainstorms will increase the risk of flooding on a global scale. Management of land and river systems by building and maintaining flood and coastal defences is deemed essential but, in the UK, other preventative measures relating to inland flooding are subject to debate: dredging and pumping give benefit to a few but increase the speed of run off and risk of flooding to those downstream; counter proposals include making the uplands more water absorbent by, for example, reforestation, restoration of bogs, and more ponds, sluices and water storage projects. Inevitably, funding will be a major problem.
Speakers on this challenging topic will be Professor Paul Bates, Head of the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol who will cover the science, Matthew Townsend, Partner, Allen & Overy who will address the legal issues and Dr Paul Leinster, Chief Executive, Environment Agency who will look at the policy position. Please visit the Castle Debates website for more information and to register to attend.

Achill Management provide interim management support to LSA

Following Micael Johnstone's move to DLA Piper after 5 years at the helm as LSA Manager, we are pleased to announce that Jim Haywood and Amanda Carpenter from Achill Management have been appointed to provide interim management support to the LSA for the next six months. Jim, who has been involved with the LSA from its early days, is Achill Management's main point of contact for LSA members. Contact details are jim@achillmanagement.com and +44 7794 657015

Improving corporate governance: Europe’s largest companies will have to be more transparent about how they operate

On 15 April the European Parliament adopted the Directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by large companies (more than 500 employees) and groups. Companies concerned will need to disclose information on policies, risks and results as regards environmental matters, social and employee-related aspects, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery issues, and diversity on boards of directors.
According to EU Internal Market and Services Commissioner Michel Barnier: "Companies, investors and society at large will benefit from this increased transparency. Companies that already publish information on their financial and non-financial performances take a longer term perspective in their decision-making. They often have lower financing costs, attract and retain talented employees, and ultimately are more successful. This is important for Europe’s competitiveness and the creation of more jobs. Best practices should become the norm"
More at the EU Single Market website.

LSA Carbon Reporting Portal now closed

The carbon reporting portal has now closed. Thanks to all who submitted a response - these are being analysed and a report will be produced later this year.