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Beck Greener Case Study

Beck Greener is a Camden-based firm of patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys, design attorneys and IP litigators.  Its experience and expertise in the fields of patents and trade marks is recognised by the industry.  For example, the firm is amongst the top 30 filers of both British and EU Trade Mark Applications in the country.

Beck Greener takes its corporate social responsibility as seriously as it takes the delivery of its professional services.  It recognises its responsibility in every aspect of its operations: from the way it conducts its business to its impact in the local community and on the environment.

Beck Greener joined the Camden Climate Change Alliance in 2013 and since then, it has introduced a range of initiatives to deliver more sustainable services, including:

  • Introduction of the “A greener Beck Greener” initiative (2013)
  • Introduction of the “Reduce-Reuse-Recycle” campaign, together with a newBeckGreener recycling scheme (2014)
  • Replacement of all halogen spotlight bulbs in their building with LED bulbs (2015) and introduction of its “Switch It Off!” campaign
  • Reduction of work related travel pollution by offering travel loans to purchase season tickets, cycle-to-work scheme, and using its video-conference facilities as much as possible. They are now looking into ways in which it can further reduce the impact of pollution from essential business travel
  • Protection of “green” technologies through its work, including environmentally-friendly solvents, renewable-energy, carbon capture, hydrogen fuel cells and recyclable packaging

News regarding CSR activities are communicated internally using the news feed on the intranet and with email updates.  There is also an annual presentation to all staff and an annual report.  All information concerning our CSR activities is available through the intranet.  External communication generally involves publishing news releases on the website and posting updates to social media.

The benefits of these initiatives are evident at many levels, as stated on its 2017 CSR annual report:

  • Average energy consumption of electricity continues to reduce significantly. Down by nearly 17% in 2017 (418 kWh/day) compared to the previous year (503 kWh/day) and by over 26% since the introduction of “A greener Beck Greener” in 2013 (568 kWh/day). As a result of this, the business has saved a total of £18,111 over a period of four years (2013-17).
  • Beck Greener has been awarded the CCCA “Team Green” and “Cutting Carbon” certifications for reducing their scope 2 & 3 carbon emissions. Carbon emissions in 2016 were down by over 12% (94.12 tonnes CO2e) compared to the previous year and nearly 18% since 2013 (104 tonnes CO2e).  Beck Greener is the only CCCA member who has been awarded these two Carbon Certifications for three consecutive years.
  • Consumption of paper is down by nearly 10% in 2017 (1,225 reams) compared to 2016 (1,350 reams) and by nearly 25% since 2013 (1,630 reams). Thus, saving a total of £1,765.43 over four years.
  • Since starting to work with First Mile, a carbon-neutral waste collection and recycling company. Beck Greener recycles over 75% of its waste, the rest is incinerated to generate electricity; hence, no waste is sent to landfill.  The firm achieved the Silver Recycling Standard for 2017.

Beck Greener is an example of how businesses, regardless their nature, can reduce their impact on the environment while increasing their reputation and improving their bottom line.

Partner at Beck Greener, James Stones comments “Beck Greener is committed to sustainability and the CCCA continues to be instrumental helping us achieve our goals.  They are always on hand to provide advice to help identify new ways to save energy, and they crunch the numbers for us and generate our carbon footprint report each year.  The CCCA Marks of Achievement have also proved to be an excellent way to help us engage our staff in the environmental programmes we have introduced”.