Gilbert + Tobin
Gilbert + Tobin is a leading Australian law firm, advising clients on their most significant corporate transactions, regulatory matters and disputes. We provide commercial and innovative legal solutions for ASX 100 leading companies, major infrastructure and services providers as well as government and public authorities across Australia and around the world. An international leader in M&A, private equity, capital markets, competition and regulation and technology and digital, we work on complex issues that define and direct the market. Established in 1988, Gilbert + Tobin employs more than 700 people. We have one of the highest proportions of female partners of any major Australian law firm and are acknowledged as a pioneer in providing pro bono services.
“Consumers can use their power through the supply chain to demand that service providers demonstrate how they are taking action to minimise their impact on the environment.”
Type of certification
How long have you been certified carbon neutral
Why are you carbon neutral
Gilbert + Tobin is committed to being an outstanding corporate citizen and has a long, proud track record of taking action to manage our environmental impacts.
What are the benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
Both our clients and staff are increasingly seeking to work with carbon neutral organisations.
What offset projects do you support
In 2018 we primarily supported a bundled solar power project by Solarise India projects, with a smaller proportion of ACCUs purchased through the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation from a savanna burning project in Kowanyama.
Why did you choose these projects?
The majority of our offsets are purchased from international projects. We chose a project from India because members of our Global IT support team are based there. We also purchase offsets from the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation which aligns with our Reconciliation Action Plan. That the project is based in Kowanyama aligns with the significant pro bono work we undertake on behalf of Cape York Aboriginal peoples.
How can the community support you
Consumers can use their power through the supply chain to demand that service providers demonstrate how they are taking action to minimise their impact on the environment.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions
We publicly report on our environmental performance each year through the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA). We monitor and improve our performance through an AusLSA certified Environmental Management System (EMS). We are a City Switch signatory in Sydney, our head office, committed to maintaining a 5-star NABERS Energy (Tenancy) rating.
What has been the impact of your action?
Becoming carbon neutral has increased the level of staff engagement with the firm’s sustainability performance and initiatives. We have also achieved modest reductions in electricity consumption on a per head basis over the last 12-months.
What advice would you give to a business considering certification?
Start with incremental steps towards monitoring and improving your organisation’s environmental impact. Our journey towards carbon neutrality took five years. It began with us simply collecting our data and reporting publicly to the AusLSA. Then we developed an EMS to monitor and improve our performance. As more of the senior leadership group engaged with our sustainability performance we were able to progress to carbon neutral certification.