Below is an article from GreenBiz about the law firm, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP’s green initiative. I have heard from some of my company’s legal clients that they are starting to see RFPs for legal work contain a section on the firm’s sustainability measures. Definitely a connection between “green” business practices and the bottom line!
LOS ANGELES, March 24, 2008 — Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP unveiled last week an initiative to boost energy efficiency, reduce waste and improve its bottom line.
The company wants to be seen as a leader in sustainable business practices within the legal community. The firm plans to enroll in the Law Firm Eco-Challenge program from the American Bar Association and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and make energy efficiency improvements based on internal survey results.
“More corporations and organizations are paying attention to ‘green’ initiatives and expect that their law firms do also. The firm’s Sustainability Program supports the commitment to practices that our clients are adopting and implementing,” Visser said. “Our initiative has also been well-received internally, as it strengthens and celebrates the firm’s community and social responsibility. Our attorneys and staff are proud to be part of a firm that is concerned with sustainability issues.”
There will be an internal website dedicated to its sustainability initiative and a blog, to be created with its Global Climate Change practice group. The initiative, led by Partners Randolph Visser and Rafael Muilenburg, encourages its personnel to help identify new ways to foster sustainable business practices.