Environmental Initiatives

Making a Difference Together

Our environmental initiative is an important component of our CSR Policy. Our goal is to become a leader among the major Canadian law firms in reducing our environmental impact. In order to do this, we will work diligently to:

  • take environmental considerations into account in decisions we make;
  • involve our legal and non-legal staff in setting and achieving our goals through local and national initiatives;
  • comply with (and wherever possible, exceed) applicable environmental requirements;
  • reduce, reuse and recycle;
  • purchase with a view to reducing our impact on the environment;
  • encourage our landlords and suppliers to reduce their environmental impact;
  • develop programs with clear targets and objectives and measure our environmental performance against them; and
  • report on our environmental performance.

The following are a few examples of what we have done to date and what we plan to do.

Resource Use

Steps we have taken:

  • reduce printing by using electronic software for large litigation files; and
  • use double-sided printing.

Steps we will be taking:

  • reducing use of plastic water bottles;
  • installing automatic plumbing fixtures; and
  • using environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Energy and Emissions

Steps we have taken:

  • install energy-efficient videoconferencing equipment to reduce travel;
  • install energy-efficient light bulbs; and
  • use energy-efficient flat-screen monitors, computers and servers.

Steps we will be taking:

  • providing secure bike storage;
  • revising standard temperature in our offices to reduce heating and cooling;
  • reducing lighting use through changes in technology and habits; and
  • using power-save mode on equipment.


Steps we have taken:

  • recycle ink cartridges;
  • recycle 90 per cent of our paper waste;
  • recycle batteries;
  • donate old computer equipment to charity; and
  • eliminating paper cups.

Steps we will be taking:

  • reducing waste from kitchens by buying products in bulk; and
  • installing more recycling containers throughout our offices.


Susan Dick
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Our Firm

McCarthy Tétrault delivers integrated business law, tax, real property, labour and employment, and litigation services nationally and globally through offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal, Québec City, as well as in New York City and London, UK.