In business, your focus is often on the short term – the next challenge or deadline. But amid the constant buzz of activity, it’s crucial not to lose track of what’s important in the long term – like handing over a cleaner, safer world to our children. At Roschier, they are committed to minimizing their environmental impact and continuously improving their environmental performance. That’s why, in December 2011, Roschier was awarded the ISO 14001 certification.
At Roschier there is a strong tradition of actively contributing to society, which dates back to the firm’s early days, so it came naturally to the firm and its people to want to protect the environment.
In 2008, Roschier formed the Greener Roschier team to serve as a focus for the firm’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint.
“The work towards an environmentally friendly office actually started many years earlier,” says Mia Eklundh, Roschier’s COO.
“But it was around 2008 that we started compiling our first set of written environmental guidelines. Since then, environmental awareness and concern among our staff has increased considerably, leading to a wealth of new initiatives and concrete actions,” she says.
Roschier has identified the use of energy and resources, business travel, and waste generation/disposal as areas of significant impact on the environment. Having offices in three locations and working across national borders poses environmental challenges. But Roschier has tackled these challenges, for example, by investing in high-quality video conference equipment in all of its offices. Meetings and even training sessions are regularly held as videoconferences, helping the firm cut down on business travel.
The ISO 14001:2004 certification is the environmental management “gold standard” for businesses and other organizations internationally. Roschier is the first law firm in Finland, and among the first in Sweden, to receive the certification.
“The ISO certification is a way for us to demonstrate to our clients, business partners and our own people the level of our commitment towards the environment. It stands for quality and responsibility – values that are close to our heart,” notes Eklundh.
“The firm’s environmental policy is the cornerstone of our environmental work,” says Mika Alanko, Head of Roschier’s Green Economy and Energy practice. In his role as an environmental and energy lawyer, he is familiar with the challenges confronting businesses in an increasingly carbon-conscious economy. All organizations need to adjust to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their environmental performance – Roschier included.
“At Roschier, our goal is to challenge ourselves every day. Improving our environment is just another challenge,” Alanko concludes.