Stephensons has it head office centralised in Wigan the firm is aware of the impact it has on the local environment and is committed to promoting solutions that minimise all forms of resource consumption, with a continuing aim of reducing the carbon footprint of our assets and the protection of natural supplies. Our social value statement highlights our contribution in this regard.
Stephensons has a formalised agile working policy which has led to a reduction in travel by our staff and a significant reduction in our carbon footprint. We operate a centralised admin team to ensure our practices are paper-lite.
Where possible, we use recycled paper, and indeed, we always endeavour to incorporate the recycle and re-use ethos in all we do. We are currently recycling waste paper, cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and aluminium cans across our network of offices through a system of formal and voluntary recycling schemes.
The firm has a ‘switch it off’ policy and staff are encouraged to turn off equipment that does not need to be left on standby at the end of a working day and also turn off lights when there is no one left in a room.
From 1st April 2020 to 30th March 2021 we have recycled, 31,216kg of paper, this equate to 31 metric tonnes.
Each ton (2,000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, this means we have saved 527 trees and 7,750 pounds of CO2.
Stephensons proactively communicates our practices to a wide audience, as we believe by using our voice to communicate our activities, inspiring others to do the same and therefore create a much larger impact.
Internally, our employees are made aware of the firms’ activities through our CSR representative, our Intranet, following our social media channels and through our website. We also have dedicated staff engagement commitee and CSR focus groups who co-ordinate and maintain momentum in our collective efforts.
The firm also communicates responsible business activities to customers and suppliers through regular newsletters, press releases and our website. We also hold several advisory events for our clients throughout the year and support local projects such as awards and charity events through sponsorship.
The firm also works with community support networks such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, and provides training and development to these groups through seminars, key note speeches and educational courses.
Stephensons is also continually innovating in order to access new markets and provide legal services the way our clients want them. This includes new legal service packages and the introduction of web-based legal documentation.
Stephensons is a responsible purchaser and operates to the highest standard of business integrity. The firm encourages the use of local suppliers where possible, and treats suppliers fairly. The firm recognises that positive purchasing has a large impact on commercial success and always strives to build good long term stable relationships with our suppliers.
Stephensons works, where relevant, with local businesses and social enterprises. The firm also has a company wide policy to ensure suppliers are paid fairly and on time.