Leading law firm Linklaters achieved climate neutrality and boosted staff loyalty and engagement by investing in high quality climate and development projects with ClimateCare. The firm’s Climate Neutral Programme is involving and inspiring its people with exciting opportunities – such as pro bono legal work for a carbon reduction project – that demonstrate a clear commitment to sustainability.

About the client

Linklaters is a global law firm with a purpose of bringing legal certainty to a changing world. The firm’s holistic approach to sustainability spans protecting human rights, conserving the environment and supporting communities. It also seeks to contribute towards the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and encourages its 5,440 workforce to understand how they can play their part.

Linklaters sought to build on its energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives by balancing the remainder of its carbon footprint through offsetting. This was a move supported by 86% of people and demonstrated the firm’s climate responsibility and commitment to positive action.

What we did

ClimateCare has been helping Linklaters to meet its climate neutral objectives by recommending a portfolio of quality climate and development projects. These include a three-year commitment to support the Gola Rainforest Project in Sierra Leone. This partnership between government officials, conservation groups and local communities sets out to manage 140,000 hectares of the national park’s forests sustainably. Protecting the ‘Green Diamond’ – so called because of its wealth of biodiversity – is vital in a country with just 4% of its original forest. Linklaters is helping to prevent deforestation, cut carbon emissions, preserve wildlife habitats and improve agricultural livelihoods through the project.

ClimateCare worked with Linklaters Environment Team to bring the project to life through a global internal communications campaign. We are also creating an opportunity for lawyers to advise pro bono, using their expertise to help create a cross-boundary national park officially linking the Gola Rainforest across Sierra Leone and Liberia. Ultimately, this could broaden the scope of the project, further reducing emissions and preserving wildlife.

Our impact

Linklaters support of the Gola Rainforest project will reduce CO2 emissions by over 50,000 tonnes over three years and support multiple Sustainable Development Goals, particularly those relating to climate action and protecting life on land.

The pro bono opportunity is also helping the firm to meet its community goals and engage people in the firm’s wider responsible business agenda, while internal communications have raised awareness of Linklaters’ climate commitments.

The firm’s progressive approach to climate and the environment highlights its responsibility and is helping to attract and retain talented people, as well as win and retain client business.

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Good health and well-being

Quality education

Decent work and economic growth

Climate action

Life on land

A successful local economy that respects the rainforest is the surest way of protecting Gola for generations to come. The opportunity to go above and beyond a simple carbon offset was compelling and we look forward to employing our legal skills to strengthen local people’s engagement in Gola, to the benefit of all.
Matt Sparkes, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Linklaters