LSA Guide to sustainable procurement

The Legal Sustainability Alliance (LSA) is an inclusive movement of law firm and organisations committed to working collaboratively to take action on climate change by reducing their carbon footprint and adopting environmentally sustainable practices.

LSA members sign up to a set of principles, which commit them to acting on climate change. One of these principles is “to work with external stakeholders to reduce our indirect impact” in recognition of the fact that law firms’ most significant impacts are indirect, that suppliers are a key stakeholder and that working with them on environmental sustainability provides the opportunity for both cost and carbon savings. This guide is designed to help firms apply that principle.

Law firms come in varying sizes and many will not have dedicated procurement staff. This guide is not designed for firms with professional procurement departments, but is intended to assist those businesses who delegate procurement responsibility to individuals or other non-dedicated departments. It is intended to inform firms’ existing approach to buying goods and services, not by redesigning the procurement process, but by raising issues to consider along the way. It may not provide you with all the answers, but we hope it will help you to ask the questions that enable you to take sustainability into consideration in your buying decisions.

The guide has been put together by representatives from Burges Salmon, DLA Piper, Slaughter and May, and Taylor Wessing, who have all started to build sustainability into their procurement decisions and have experienced some of the benefits and challenges of doing so. It looks at: