Roythornes commended for its 41.9% carbon footprint reduction

Friday 10 May 2019

Top 200 law firm Roythornes Solicitors has received the Great Green Star at the annual Investors in the Environment (iiE) Awards for the third year running.

The title recognises the company’s efforts to go above and beyond the requirements of the Investors in the Environment accreditation.

The iiE accreditation is designed to help businesses save money and reduce their impact on the environment with ‘Green’ being the highest level possible. The annual iiE Awards celebrate these eco champions with the Great Green Star, given as an additional title to the top 10 per cent of Green members who achieve 95 per cent or more points through the accreditation’s audit. Additional environmental projects and the company’s impact on the communities they engage with are also considered.

A ‘zero waste week’, ‘stationery amnesty’, carbon offsetting fuel cards, and encouraging its caterer to switch to recyclable packing are just some of the additional projects Roythornes completed over the last year to reduce its overall carbon footprint by 41.9 per cent over the past five years and take home the top title.

Ann Barrasso, the firm’s operations director, also received one of just three Green Champion Awards. This title is granted to individuals who are ‘real change-makers’ in their organisation.

Ann said: “I’m pleased that the on-going work of Roythornes is having a positive environmental impact as well as engaging with our staff and improving their working life. Continually making small, incremental changes to the business add up to a big change both culturally and for the environment. Recruiting staff and using suppliers with the same ethos and keeping environmental messages on the business agenda is really making a difference.

“Receiving an individual award was a complete surprise. Although I first started the initiative to get Roythornes accredited, it is truly a joint effort with fantastic support from management. Consistently coming up with different ideas is difficult, but fresh volunteers bring new ways of thinking. For example, we’re now thinking about how we can encourage greater sustainability at home by asking employees that are parents to bring in old school uniforms for recycling.

“This award and our work to be a more sustainable firm all feeds into what defines Roythornes as a business and an employer, which is particularly valuable as we continue to recruit for all offices to meet our ambitious growth plans.”

Roythornes joined the Investors in the Environment scheme in 2013. It has a 10-strong ‘green team’ of volunteers from across the business, representing its offices in Nottingham, Peterborough, Spalding, and Alconbury.

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