TORONTO, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - For the fourth consecutive year, Stikeman
Elliott has been selected as one of Canada's Green 30 businesses by Maclean's magazine in collaboration with Aon Hewitt. The Green 30 is comprised of
Canadian businesses most committed to environmental sustainability and
whose employees at all levels believe they have incorporated
environmental stewardship into their business model and corporate
culture. The 30 recipients are selected from among the businesses that
participated in the 2013 Best Employers in Canada survey, an honour the
firm received earlier in the year.
"Stikeman Elliott is proud to be seen as a leader among professional
services firms in its sustainability practices, which we promote
strongly within each of our local markets," said firm Chair, William
Braithwaite. "This is evident in the engagement seen among our firm
members, the recognition the firm has received and in the
relationships, both with the community and businesses, which have
Stikeman Elliott was the first and remains the only national Canadian
law firm to be carbon neutral, achieved by developing and implementing
successful green programs, helping the firm to reduce its carbon
footprint by 13% since the first footprint in 2008.
The firm's commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) including
environmental sustainability continues to have a positive impact on
firm member engagement. This is highlighted in firm member responses
to the 50 Best Employers in Canada annual survey questionnaire which
measures firm member engagement across many factors, including CSR,
where 94% of firm members in 2013 believe Stikeman Elliott is a
socially and environmentally responsible organization, taking an active
role in minimizing the impact of its operations on the environment.
This compares to the average of 88% of the other Best Employers in
Many of the initiatives implemented by Stikeman Elliott to reduce waste
have come from ideas suggested by employees, one of the criteria
weighed in the selection of the award. In keeping with our
sustainability program, the following initiatives were undertaken in
Submission of data for the firm's third Carbon Footprint including:
Key findings of the Toronto report which show a 9.1% reduction in our
footprint and a 31% reduction in Toronto's sub metered electricity, due
in large part to efforts undertaken with a lighting retrofit.
Participation in a waste management task force:
The firm successfully completed a re-launch of its waste program by
aligning recycling to more closely match residential programs. New
recycling equipment and smaller waste containers with enhanced visual
bin signage were distributed to 630 offices/workstations/serveries.
This heightened awareness of items acceptable in waste, paper,
recycling and organics streams.
Having been successful in working with our landlord to incorporate paper
towels used in kitchens (previously placed in waste stream destined for
landfill) into the organics stream, the firm carried out further
changes to recycling signage in serveries.
Successfully implemented reusable delivery boxes for delivery of office
products, in conjunction with the firm's office products supplier,
thereby reducing waste in the procurement process.
Conducted a power survey and identified all areas where space heaters
were being used with a view to continued focus on power reduction.
Remedial work was carried out on induction units where operation was
deficient and space heaters were removed.
ABOUT STIKEMAN ELLIOTT LLP
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 and
2013, 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, a distinction presented to businesses who display
a commitment to environmental sustainability in their operations.
For more information about Stikeman Elliott please visit www.stikeman.com.
SOURCE: Stikeman Elliott LLP
For further information:
Michelle Di Rocco
Director, Marketing & Business Development