Our Operational Impact
We are committed to responsible resource consumption and waste management. Our primary focus is on reducing our waste and secondarily, disposing of the waste we do create in a sustainable manner.
We are committed to diverting 100% business waste from landfill by 2020. Our responsible waste management practices prioritize reducing the amount of waste we generate, maximizing recycling and composting, and utilizing waste-to-energy facilities where available. Some examples include transitioning towards centralized business waste collection on our office floors, which typically doubles our recycling volumes, and hosting Quarterly “Operation Clean Up” activities to encourage waste cleanup and a healthy work environment through archiving, returning and recycling.
In 2018, the Firm made significant steps to reduce our business waste footprint by eliminating paper cups and plastic lids from our pantries, as well as non-recyclable cups and plastic straws from our cafeterias around the world. This has resulted in a projected reduction of more than 200 tons of waste globally, equivalent to 3% of the firm’s total business waste. Prior to this effort, our offices consume more than 22 million non-recyclable cups, two million lids and one million straws every year. The firm has also furthered its waste reduction effort by focusing on single use plastics consumed in the workspace and is on track to eliminate an additional 38 tons of plastic waste annually.
Furthermore, we are constantly reviewing our workspace offerings to ensure we are incorporating reusable items as much as possible. If not, we are procuring items that can be disposed of a responsible way to reduce our global waste impacts.
In 2018 we recycled 100% of our eWaste, 93% of our construction waste and diverted 98% of our business waste from landfill.
In 2018, over 86% of our paper was procured from post-consumer recycled or certified new fiber sources and we reduced our paper use per-capita by over 26% from a 2013 baseline, surpassing our 2020 goal of a 20% reduction.