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Environment matters

We take our environmental responsibilities as an international law firm  very seriously. We are signatories to the UN Global Compact and take a precautionary approach to our environmental impact.

Our approach

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Our business has an impact on the environment through the use of energy in our buildings, our business travel, the use of paper and other goods and services as well as the disposal of our waste. 

We have a global environmental policy in place which outlines our approach to minimising our impact.

Legal Renewables Initiative

In 2019 we joined the Legal Sustainability Alliance, an inclusive movement of law firms and associated networks working together to improve their environmental sustainability.

We also signed up to the Legal Renewables Initiative, which commits us to using 100% renewable energy from certifiable sources, across all our UK premises by 2025.

2019 highlights

  • Reduction of 17,000 plastic bottles across our Australian offices
  • Over 100 environment champions across our UK offices
  • 200,000 plastic cups removed from our London office
  • 780kg of waste recycled by Dubai office during the World Without Waste campaign for the Dubai Chamber Sustainability Wee

Tackling the effects of climate change

Clyde & Co’s Climate Risk team helps clients to understand how climate change affects their risk profile, to prepare for emerging and future risks, and to capitalise on the opportunities created by the transition to a low-carbon economy.

One example is advising NGOs on a pro bono basis to develop innovative climate risk insurance policies to protect up to 1.3 million people in West Africa from catastrophic drought.

We are a member of the Insurance Development Forum – a public/private partnership seeking to optimise and extend the use of insurance and risk management to protect those most vulnerable to disasters. We are also a founding member of the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment, launched at the September 2019 UN Climate Action Summit in New York, which aims to transform infrastructure investment by integrating climate risks into decision-making.

Our climate change thought leadership includes reports exploring the role of innovative risk transfer in closing the global protection gap, as well as on climate change liability and duties of care.


Key areas where we assist include:

  • providing legal privilege on climate risk mapping exercises
  • assessment of liability exposures, regulatory regimes and changing laws across jurisdictions
  • legal input into developing due diligence frameworks for assessing climate change risks to workforce, assets, operations and transactions.

We also prioritise using our legal expertise to help address the effects of climate change on communities around the world.


Community matters

We believe that charitable activity in our communities really matters and makes a difference.

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Climate Change Risk Practice

In-depth knowledge of climate change to understand, prepare and evolve your business from the risks.

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