Squire Patton Boggs has refreshed its ESG strategy in the U.K., committing to net-zero carbon emissions and increasing its pro-bono work.
The firm laid out its targets, including reducing emissions by 70% by 2030 and to be net zero by 2035, in a statement on Tuesday.
The firm will also aim to increase its pro-bono work by 50% each year.
In 2021, the firm put in place diversity targets as many international law firms continued to publicly commit to measures to improve their ESG credentials. Last month, Squire released figures showing female partnership increasing to 21% and ethnic minority representation across the firm to 14%.
Part of the strategy also involves providing in carbon literacy, environmental management and ESG.
European managing partner Jonathan Jones said: “Our strategy, grounded in the UN sustainable development goals, seeks to build ESG into the culture of our firm, holding us accountable and ensuring we play our part in delivering a sustainable future.”
Squire’s plan follows a wave of sustainability drives across the legal industry. Reed Smith recently announced a sustainability plan which includes carbon emission targets and a billable hour ‘sustainability project’ scheme which allows timekeepers to designate up to 25 hours of work and activities related to sustainability projects as billable time.
Slaughter and May said it is now aiming to reduce absolute carbon emissions by up to 90% by 2040. Many firms have also appointed ESG heads to their senior management teams to better progress the issue.