Green Policy

'Green Initiative' Policy Statement

Consistent with our firm’s approach to social responsibility, Weil, Gotshal & Manges is “Going Green.” The firm’s green policy has two primary goals: (a) to lessen the law firm’s impact on the environment and (b) to become a standard-bearer in the legal industry in promoting responsible stewardship toward the environment and its natural resources.

Weil has built and maintained over the years a firm culture that prizes excellence not only in the practice of law, but also in discharging the firm’s responsibility to the communities in which our lawyers and staff live and work. Our green policy is consistent with the firm’s commitment to good corporate citizenship and best management practices.

The initiative will involve programs and policies in the following areas:

Document Production & Management
The Going Green initiative seeks to (a) decrease our consumption of paper and (b) increase our usage of paper that contains recycled content.

Energy Reduction & Conservation
There are three programs on which our Going Green initiative will focus at the outset, including (a) ENERGY STAR-compliant office equipment; (b) ENERGY STAR-compliant facilities/offices; and (c) transportation and mass transit.

Hazardous Electronic Waste
Many types of electronic products used in the workplace contain hazardous substances like lead and mercury. When these products reach the end of their useful lives or become obsolete, some are considered hazardous waste. The firm will undertake various alternatives to disposing equipment in a responsible manner.

Educational & Volunteer Opportunities
By partnering with organizations such as the EPA ENERGY STAR program and bar associations, among others, Weil seeks to offer its employees educational and volunteer opportunities that promote energy and natural-resource conservation for both the home and office.

Carbon Offsets
In parallel with our efforts to decrease use of energy and other resources, Weil has committed itself to move our firm toward carbon neutrality by purchasing carbon offsets. Specifically, Weil will purchase offsets on the Chicago Climate Exchange in an amount equal to the amount of carbon emissions we produce through air travel by our lawyers and operation of our offices.

Vendor & Client Programs
Our Going Green initiaive seeks to address the consumer choices we make across the breadth of our operations, from office supplies and equipment to commercial real estate. We also seek to participate in our clients’ vendor programs, wherever possible.

Pro Bono Synergies
There is a tremendous opportunity for our firm to get involved more broadly, via pro bono, in environmentally conscious projects around the world.

Office 'Green Committees'
A key component to our Going Green initiative will be the formation of ‘Green Committees’ in every office. The Green Committee will be responsible for promoting, implementing, monitoring, and reporting the status and progress of each office’s Going Green efforts.