The next era of corporate sustainability

Corporate sustainability is no longer simply about reducing paper use and becoming more energy efficient (although here at Kirkland we take pride in doing both of those things). As climate change and nature loss become increasingly urgent issues for the planet, the global economy and our way of life, we’re advancing our sustainability efforts within our business operations, in the counsel we provide to clients, and by supporting organizations focused on a more sustainable future.

What we stand for

We are committed to examining and improving our environmental sustainability practices and policies. We strive to operate consciously and responsibly and to provide cutting-edge counsel on sustainability issues affecting business. We deploy our legal skills to support pro bono clients focused on environmental protection and sustainability. To maintain our focus on sustainability, we will strive to:

Commit.

As trusted advisers to our clients on sustainability matters, we will seek to lead by example, setting our own rigorous internal goals for sustainability.

Commit.

Lead.

Our market-leading ESG & Impact Practice Group will seek to remain ahead of the curve, incorporating sustainability more broadly into all aspects of our legal practice.

Lead.

Act.

We will strive to ensure our sustainability strategy leads to concrete action that reduces our environmental impact and carbon footprint.

Act.

Carbon Offsetting

For the year 2020, Kirkland worked with Anew (formerly Bluesource), a leading provider of carbon management services, to calculate our greenhouse gas footprint from all categories of emissions — including Scope 3 emissions from air travel and personnel commuting, two significant contributors to our overall emissions. Through Anew we purchased verified emission reduction credits generated by projects around the world equivalent to our 2020 greenhouse gas emissions footprint. We are in the process of calculating our 2021 emissions and exploring offsets, while continuing to pursue other sustainability initiatives.

Sichuan Province, China

Sichuan Rural Poor-Household Biogas Development Programme (GS1239)

Sichuan Province, China

To improve livelihoods while helping protect the earth’s climate, the project provides rural households with proven and reliable biogas digesters and efficient biogas cookstoves, saving approximately 800,000 metric tons of C02e each year.

Sichuan Province, China

Sichuan Rural Poor-Household Biogas Development Programme (GS1239)

Cambel Village, Turkey

Ege Wind Farm Project (GS130)

Cambel Village, Turkey

This small-scale project involves the installation of a 7-megawatt wind farm in the Aegean Region of Turkey’s İzmir Province.

Cambel Village, Turkey

Ege Wind Farm Project (GS130)

Andover, New Jersey

Hudson Farm Improved Forest Management Project (ACR386)

Andover, New Jersey

Covering more than 3,600 acres in northern New Jersey, Hudson Farm is one of the largest working forests in the state. In the heart of a highly developed region with increasing threats of fragmentation and parcellation, Hudson Farm reduces an estimated 4,000 metric tons of CO2e annually.

Andover, New Jersey

Hudson Farm Improved Forest Management Project (ACR386)

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We proudly provide pro bono legal counsel on environmental and sustainability matters.

Reducing our impact

Green spaces

Data center efficiency

Protecting our world

Reducing our impact

Kirkland is committed to pursuing sustainability initiatives that not only reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact, but also provide a healthy, vibrant work environment for employees. From building design to energy use and charitable giving, sustainability is part of our internal fabric.

Green spaces

Kirkland is proud to occupy and create office space structured with consideration for the environment. We’ve made thoughtful decisions about the design of our buildings, interior furnishings and equipment to reduce our impact.

We’ve implemented the following green initiatives at various Kirkland offices around the globe:

  • U.S. Green Building Council’s® LEED® Green Building Rating System certification
  • ENERGY STAR® ratings
  • ENERGY STAR-certified office equipment
  • Employee bike racks
  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Recycled computer equipment
  • Recycled office materials
  • Recycled kitchen utensils
  • Bipolar ionization for enhanced office air quality
  • Locally sourced food

Data center efficiency

Data centers are one of the Firm’s largest sources of electricity consumption. Working with Hawkeye Energy Solutions and local commercial energy providers, we undertake measures to improve our data centers’ energy efficiency, including using a monitoring system, upgrading the centers’ cooling system controls and merging existing uninterruptible power supply systems.

Through these efforts, we’ve saved nearly $2 million and reduced emissions by 17,638 metric tons of CO2e, which is equivalent to the following*:

  • annual electricity use from 3,432 homes
  • annual emissions from 3,800 passenger vehicles
  • 40,836 barrels of oil

*Numbers calculated by Hawkeye Energy Solutions

Protecting our world

Kirkland and our attorneys donate to organizations focused on environmental sustainability, ranging from coastal conservation in South Carolina to river cleanup in Chicago and volcano protection in Hawaii. And when our communities have sustained damage from natural disasters, the Firm and our people have stepped in to donate millions of dollars and many pro bono and volunteer hours toward recovery efforts. We mobilized in response to the 2021 Texas ice storm, the 2018 California wildfires, Hurricanes Harvey and Maria in 2017, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, and more.