We aim to have a material positive overall impact on society and the environment, taken as a whole.

BWB’s environment strategy has clear objectives each year, backed by management action to reduce our carbon emissions. BWB signed up to the 10:10 initiative to reduce our carbon footprint by 10% by 2010 and we are proud to say that BWB more than achieved this target.

We are committed to enhancing and communicating our environmental initiatives which aim to minimise the impact of our business on the environment.

We seek to reduce our resource use and further improving our recycling and waste management programmes and be energy efficient wherever possible.

BWB is proud to have achieved ISO 14001:2015 certification from BSI for our environmental management system.

Certificate number: EMS 598047

BWB is a member of the Legal Sector Alliance; an inclusive movement of law firms committed to taking action on climate change by reducing their carbon footprint and adopting environmentally sustainable practices.

BWB also has an Environmental Policy Statement which can be viewed here. BWB continues to set ambitious new targets in our aim to reduce our impact on the environment and these can be viewed on our website.

Our Recent Environmental Activity

Below demonstrates BWB’s current activity:

  • Formulated a comprehensive Environment Management System as part of our aim to achieve ISO 14001 certification which is reviewed on a continual basis
  • Significant activity on a ‘Paperlite Office’ project which seeks to reduce the amount of paper in the office via a reduction in printing documents and also seeks a reduction in energy usage from using printers, copiers and shredders
  • Introduction of a new Document Management System as part of our Paperlite Office project which allows users to work almost entirely within Outlook and assists in the management and filing of emails and retrieval of documents.
  • Recycling e.g. paper, cans, glass, plastic, food, Tetra Paks, batteries and cartridges
  • Motion activated lighting and hand washing facilities
  • Automatic sleep mode for computers
  • Virtualisation of 53 servers to five physical servers to reduce power consumption
  • Supporters of the cycle to work scheme
  • All bottled water is produced in house by filtering mains water
  • Introduction of follow-me printing and a double-sided copying facility on all printers to reduce paper usage as much as possible
  • Using an online 'Deeds on Demand' document store system for clients
  • Reduced the amount of paper being used for marketing material; now have online material
  • Developed a Green Purchasing Policy

Targets for 2015/16

  • Maintain our ISO 14001 certification
  • Maintain the 10% relative carbon reduction as stipulated by the 10:10 movement in 2010, and look to achieve a further 10% reduction in the next 3 years
  • Encourage use of Santander Bikes over taxis to attend external meetings
  • Increase of levels of recycling
  • Continue to reduce our paper usage requirements as we continue working towards a paper-lite office

Our Carbon Footprint 

Our current carbon footprint measurements, completed through the Legal Sector Alliance, stand at:

Emission type







 On site combustion (tonnes CO2)







 Purchased electricity (tonnes CO2)



 0 (Green tariff electricity)

0 (Green tariff electricity)

0 (Green tariff electricity)

0 (Green tariff electricity)

 Emissions per employee (tonnes CO2)







Total Emissions (tonnes CO2)