Bates Wells, the Climate Emergency and the Biodiversity Crisis

We don’t just advise clients on navigating the climate emergency. We’re determined to act immediately and continually to mitigate our own environmental impact.

We know we need to adapt constructively to the effects of the Climate Emergency and biodiversity loss. We’ve committed to taking practical action as a business, by:

1. Decreasing our carbon emissions. We successfully reached net zero in 2019. Net zero carbon covers our Scope 1 and 2 emissions and some of our Scope 3 emissions. We’re continuing to address our Scope 3 emissions.

Learn more about the practical steps we’re taking in this blog for the UK B Corp community.

2. Taking the Climate Emergency and Biodiversity Crisis into account in developing our business strategy. In that context, we remain committed to having a material positive impact on society and the environment, taken as a whole.

3. Seeking to use the law (as it stands and by advocating improvements) to advance and support environmental protection and to protect against environmental degradation and increasing carbon emissions.

We’ve contributed to drafting proposed new legislation, the Better Business Act, which would require businesses to have a positive impact on society and the environment. Learn more here.

4. Engaging all our people in decisions relating to our impact on the climate and biodiversity and encouraging all our people to live in more environmentally friendly ways.

We’ve become a founder member of Climate Perks. It allows us to offer our staff paid ‘journey days’ when they choose to swap flights for land or sea travel to get to their holidays.

5. Collaborating with others to achieve these commitments. Tackling the Climate Emergency needs a concerted effort across business and society.

6. Regularly assessing the impact of our Climate Emergency activities and report annually on how successfully we are implementing these commitments.