I want to commend law firms for some impeccable organisation around their collective journey to net zero. From the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance and Legal Sustainability Alliance, to the law firms setting science-based net zero targets, the industry is showing real commitment.
Similarly, employee wellbeing is high on the legal agenda. Initiatives such as the Institute for Well-Being in Law and The Mindful Business Charter shows that the industry is taking the issue to heart. According to the Institute for Well-Being in Law, the industry suicide rate is 1.33 times the national norm. This is clearly an issue that requires attention.
As many firms have already clocked, these two issues – wellbeing and sustainability – are completely intertwined. For example, research suggests that climate action can help with climate anxiety (which is on the rise). Spending time in nature is proven to promote mental health. Cycling or walking to work can improve physical health. Etc. etc. etc.
The benefits of uniting these two journeys range from the oh-so-clinical (but very important) ‘cost savings’, through to more effective and impactful actions taken. That’s something that we at Pawprint can certainly get behind, and I’m sure your firm can too.
So, today it’s my mission to contribute some ideas to aid this direction of travel. Here goes…
3 ways law firms can enable employees to take mindful climate action
1. Slow travel days and book sharing
To incentivise employees to choose low-carbon travel (not flying or driving in a half empty car) firms could offer additional annual leave.
At Pawprint, we call them ‘slow travel days’, and they’ve been a real hit. My teammates and I feel equally as great about the carbon we’ve saved, as the ‘day to do nothing but travel’ we’ve nabbed. Through slow travel, we’re also able to slow down our journey and really soak up the experience!
On that note - another little eco-action to tag on to this one is to facilitate a book/audio book sharing club. A book shared is carbon halved, and there’s nothing quite as peaceful as a good story on a train.