TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Stikeman Elliott celebrates its fifth
year as the first and only national Canadian law firm to be carbon
neutral, achieved by developing and implementing a formalized green
program which has reduced the firm's carbon footprint by 13% since the
first footprint five years ago.
In honour of this milestone anniversary and the accomplishments the firm
has achieved thus far, Stikeman Elliott will donate a total of $25,000
to environmentally focused not-for-profit organizations as designated
by our Canadian offices.
Coined as the GoingGreen program in 2008, Stikeman Elliott established green initiatives across
all offices in an ongoing effort to build environmental awareness among
firm members nationally. The program involves implementation of
market-leading environmental best practices, coordinated by a Green
Committee in each office. Additionally, since 2011 Stikeman Elliott has
partnered with the Greening Canada Fund to invest in the establishment
of credible carbon offset projects.
"The GoingGreen program and the firm's carbon neutral status is
testament to our commitment to corporate social responsibility which we
promote strongly within each of our local markets. This has a positive
impact on both the environment and firm member engagement," said firm
Chair, William Braithwaite.
Over the last five years, the firm's carbon footprint calculation has
gauged the impact and progress of the GoingGreen program, particularly
in the areas of energy consumption, waste and paper. This analysis
Energy efficiencies and improved waste diversion have resulted in a 23%
reduction in building operations across the firm due to recycling and
energy conservation initiatives, including education to change
behaviours, changes in lighting schedules and improved technologies.
A firm wide commitment to duplex printing launched in 2008, has seen a
reduction of 39% in paper usage, which equates to a savings of over 93
tons of paper.
Waste disposal across the firm decreased due to increased diversion of
organics, batteries, e-waste, paper and in general improved recycling
All Canadian offices are in buildings that are BOMA BEST certified and
have achieved their LEED EB Gold Level certification.
The program's impact is also reflected in firm member responses to the
50 Best Employers in Canada annual survey which measures firm member
engagement across many factors, including corporate social
responsibility, where 94% of firm members believe Stikeman Elliott is a
socially and environmentally responsible organization. This compares to
the average of 87% of the other Best Employers 2014 edition.
These accomplishments have also earned Stikeman Elliott distinction as
an environmental leader being named as a Green 30 organization for four
years by Maclean's magazine in collaboration with Aon Hewitt, a
recognition presented to businesses who display a commitment to
environmental sustainability in their operations. The firm was also
selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2013, by MediaCorp.
For more information about Stikeman Elliott's environmental programs
ABOUT STIKEMAN ELLIOTT
Stikeman Elliott LLP is recognized internationally for the sophistication of its business
law practice. The firm is a Canadian leader in each of its core
practice areas - corporate finance, M&A, banking, corporate -
commercial, real estate, tax, insolvency, structured finance,
competition, business litigation - and has developed in-depth knowledge
of a wide range of industries from banking and insurance to energy,
mining and technology.
Stikeman Elliott maintains offices in Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary
and Vancouver, as well as London, New York and Sydney. The firm was
named as one of Canada's 50 Best Employers for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
and 2014, and as one of the Top 100 Employers in 2009, 2010, 2011 and
2012. It was further recognized in 2010, 2012 and 2013 as one of
Canada's Best Diversity Employers and in 2010 as among the Best
Employers for New Canadians. It was also named as a Green 30
organization in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
SOURCE: Stikeman Elliott LLP
For further information:
Michelle Di Rocco