Our commitment to sustainability, like our commitment to diversity, grows out of the firm’s culture and the personal values of its people, rather than marketing needs or current trends.
Manuela Cavallo, MAG by Legalcommunity, September 16, 2019
In our offices, we have done the following for many years:
- we avoid using paper (by limiting the use of printers, digitizing our archives and our brochures)
- we have eliminated plastic (we installed purified water dispensers, and everyone has free access to reusable cutlery, glasses, and plates)
- we are eco-sustainable when it comes to our promotional materials (fully recycled paper banners, 100% cotton bags).
In September 2019, Manuela Cavallo was Chair of the Organizing Committee of the 57th edition of the AIJA (Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats) annual congress, held in Rome, which was titled “Sustainability and the Law: Planet. People. Future.”. Among other initiatives, Portolano Cavallo provided all Congress participants with reusable water bottles (see picture above).
In 2020, we created internal committees, made up of professionals and staff members, that periodically meet and discuss ideas for improving life in our offices and general wellbeing. One of these is the “Sustainability Committee”, which is dedicated to formulating and implementing proposals for sustainability initiatives for the firm to follow.
To celebrate #WorldEnvironmentDay 2020, we brought to completion a project that we had been…cultivating for a few years: we planted 40 cocoa trees in Cameroon, thanks to Treedom.
In 2022, we expanded our forest: it is now made up of 65 cocoa trees, one for each member of the firm, which offset 4 tons of CO2 emissions.
We joined the Legal Sustainability Alliance (LSA), a movement of law firms and related organizations committed to working collaboratively on action to improve the environmental sustainability of their operations and activities.