Environmental Sustainability

Henry Davis York has an Environment Committee with membership drawn from various parts of the firm, and a 5 year Strategic Plan, which addresses each of our impacts and specific means for reducing or otherwise mitigating those impacts. Our objective is continuous improvement in environmental sustainability performance.

We undertake a biannual environment audit, the most recent of which was conducted in June 2016, resulting in our AEMS recertification for a further 2 years.

We have a net zero carbon policy for scope 2 and 3 emissions and purchase offsets from a range of different projects, including 35% renewable energy as part of our energy supply contract in our Sydney office, and Gold Standard Voluntary Emissions Reductions projects in both Australia and Turkey.

Reduce Reuse Recycle

HDY recently undertook a waste audit with the City of Sydney CitySwitch program. We also banished plastic and paper cups from our staff kitchens, replacing them with glass tumblers, and refillable water bottles for our desks.

Our coloured plastic milk and juice lids are also collected and recycled into funky hard cases for prescription and sun glasses.

AEMS certification

The AEMS certification recognises HDY has an approved system in place to understand our material environmental impacts, and a plan to mitigate these impacts and measure, monitor and, report on our progress.

Short term targets included in our renewed certification are:

  • Reduction of paper consumption
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from travel
  • Maintain or reduce the existing power consumption levels.

Our longer term aspirations are:

  • Year on year improvement on all measureable outcomes
  • Sustainable environmental practices in place which rank in the lowest (best) quartile for comparable professional services firms
  • Carbon neutrality for our Sydney office by 2019.


Against the backdrop of severe funding cuts to Community Legal Centres in Australia, HDY partners with AusLSA, the National Association of Community Legal Centres and Good360 to launch a national sponsorship program for community legal centres. The pilot program is providing sponsored CLCs with access to free high-quality donated office products and technology available through Good360, a not for profit organisation that connects businesses with brand new unsold goods with charities, to help Australians in need.

To read more about the work Good360 does click here.