FIRM

Community Commitment

10 years ago…

We felt already really concerned about the planet and our impact due to our activity. At that time our environmental charter looked as follows:

Environmental charter

Let us become Eco-Responsible!

As we are living at a time when people are becoming aware of how important and urgent it is to preserve the Earth, and as Ecology is synonymous with saving both energy and money, we hereby suggest some measures to contribute to this action:

Energy saving

  • Turn the heating down when opening the windows or during the night.
  • Turn the lights off when leaving a room (especially in toilets, conference rooms, offices during breaks and meetings, and cellar).
  • Shut the computer down before leaving and do not only put it in sleep mode.
  • Do not block or cover heaters.

Saving paper

Think before acting: reduce first the use of paper before thinking of re-using and recycling it.

  • Print only the first page of an e-mail rather than the whole correspondence that follows as the previous e-mails have already been filed.
  • If some people are working together on the same file, it shall be agreed that only one person prints as there is no use having the same email several times for the records.
  • Avoid printing in colour, select «black and white» instead of «standard», as it is more difficult to de-ink colours when recycling paper.
  • If possible, keep non-confidential documents that are intended to be discarded and use them as scrap paper.
  • Copy and/or print documents double-sided.
  • If documents must be circulated, please do it by e-mail. It provides many advantages: not only is the information passed on to all staff members at one time, but it also enables anyone to find it as it is in everyone’s inbox.
  • Put a box at an appropriate place for sheets of paper that can be re-used.
  • When printing Powerpoint documents, choose to print several slides on each page.
  • Make use of the computer functions «comments» and/or «markups» when commenting on or amending a document instead of printing and handwriting the comments or changes to be made.

Waste

  • Stop using plastic cups as glasses and china cups are available in the kitchen.
  • Avoid using plastic teaspoons.
  • Make sure you use the appropriate dustbin when throwing something away.

Other suggestions

  • Use energy saving bulbs where appropriate.
  • Use recycled paper.
  • Buy eco-friendly cleaning products.
  • Use rechargeable rather than disposable batteries.
  • Favour fair-trade products (coffee, tea, sugar, etc.).

 

Today, we do want to go a few steps further!

 

Of course the environment is a key matter:

 

We are facing such a pollution phenomenon, putting at risk our entire ecosystem, our health. We are aware that plastic microparticles affect our food chain, the air we breathe, the water.

 

Any one of us should feel concerned about this issue.

 

For this reason, we made the decision to sign the Zero Single-Use Plastic Manifesto and joined the movement initiated by the Luxembourg network IMS, with the purpose of acting responsibly, actively and concretely in the process aimed at reducing the consumption of disposable plastic.

 

By Acting in a coordinated manner with IMS and the signatories of the Manifesto, we knew that we could speak with one single voice and together, we could reach critical mass to induce significant change with stakeholders (especially suppliers and providers) and even create new demands.

 

The first step consisted in raising awareness within the staff that even a law firm which is a legal service provider has to face huge quantity of plastic wastes/packaging.

 

The whole team has taken part in the brainstorming in order to find alternative solutions to daily-used plastic office equipment. It was the perfect opportunity to challenge our providers and choose them according to criteria other than financial ones.

 

Our strategy : 4 “R”’s : Reduce –Reuse – Recycle – Refuse.

Some decisions had to be made and such choices had to be assumed.

 

We have started with the easiest implementations : stopping buying plastic bottles and replacing them by returnable bottles delivered by a local brewer.

 

Another action that has been taken is asking for the support and advice of the SuperDrecksKëscht (activities and campaigns of the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, the Chambre des Métiers (Chamber of Trade) and Chambre de Commerce (Chamber of Commerce) regarding the national waste management) regarding how to sort our waste. Practical trainings were offered to our members.

 

In another vein, we have a bicycle available to any staff member for short distances.

 

Wherever possible we make the choice of organic, fair trade and/or even products purchased in bulk and we are looking for cooperation with local providers and suppliers.

 

Not only are the achievements at the professional level, but some of our members have suddenly become aware of the issue and this has had a contagion effect in their private and family lifes.

 

We are very proud of our achievements even if we do know that improvements have to be done continuously.

 

Our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility is not restricted to the environmental pillar.

Since 2017 we have been cooperating with associations to offer a skill-based sponsorship. One example is the cooperation with CLAE https://www.clae.lu/clae/ when one dedicated team reviewed the “Guide pour la vie associative – Les carnets” (https://www.clae.lu/produit/guide-pour-la-vie-associative/) and the organization by CLAE of a first conference on the responsibility of associations with Bernard Felten as a speaker.

 

We are also interested in social team building activities in order to be useful, help in a very humble way while creating cohesion within our team.