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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?

Energy Management Exhibition (EMEX 2014) at London Excel, 19-20 Nov 2014

The LSA is one of the supporting partners of this year's Energy Management Exhibition, being held at London's Excel centre on 19 and 20 November. This free to attend event is THE event for everyone wanting to reduce their organisation’s energy consumption.

EMEX is the energy management show that connects all energy users with leading experts, policy makers, suppliers and technical solutions. This marketplace includes a free to attend conference programme that will help you control energy costs, gain industry insights, source innovations, share knowledge and stay up to date with the latest and upcoming legislative changes and how these are affecting businesses in the UK.

Please register your free place via the LSA's own EMEX portal and come and see us on the LSA stand (G26) at EMEX 2014.

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2014 LSA Award for Excellence in Environmental Responsibility

We are delighted to announce that international law firm Slaughter & May has won the 2014 Legal Sector Alliance Award for Excellence in Environmental Responsibility. The firm was presented with their award at the recent Law Society's Excellence Awards ceremony by BBC journalist Mishal Husain, with over 600 people in attendance at the Gala Awards evening at the Westminster Plaza Hotel, London.

Slaughter and May reached its ambitious energy reduction target of 40 per cent by 2020, seven years ahead of schedule. As well as directly improving the firm's environmental performance, this achievement has positively impacted clients and employees and has helped to champion change in the legal industry.

See more at the Law Society's website .

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Is Your Firm Ready for ESOS?

ESOS – the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme introduced recently by the UK Government to implement the EU Energy Efficiency Directive - is an energy assessment scheme that is mandatory for organisations in the UK that meet the qualification criteria.

If your firm (or UK member of a parent group) has at least 250 staff or fewer than this but has an annual turnover in excess of €50m and an annual balance sheet in excess of €43 million euro, then ESOS could apply to you.

Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out ESOS assessments every 4 years, with the first being completed by 5 December 2015 for organisations that qualify by 31 December 2014. These assessments are audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures. Organisations must then notify the Environment Agency by a set deadline that they have complied with their ESOS obligations.

Several larger LSA members already know they will be affected by ESOS and are busy preparing for it. Capturing your carbon footprint data using the LSA reporting tool is a great start. To find out more and check if ESOS applies to your firm, see the information on the Government’s website and associated ESOS guidance.

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Forthcoming Castle Debate: Sustainable agriculture and the Common Agricultural Policy - 2 Dec 2014

The next Castle Debate, hosted by the Law Society and run in association with the LSA and Sykes Environmental, will take place on 2 December 2014 and will consider the issue of sustainable agriculture and the CAP.

Please see the News section for further details or visit the Castle Debates website for more information and to register to attend.

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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

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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

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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.

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