Understanding and measuring the impact of running a business is no mean feat. The time, energy and resources involved cannot be underestimated. Or ignored. 

Today, more than ever it is important to face the facts: evolve or die. We believe businesses are instrumental in driving social change by creating fairer workplaces and positively contributing to communities. Caring for the environment is no longer a nice to have, but an essential concern for any progressive business wanting to thrive.

Chinese Proverb. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

We did not want to wait for others, or fall behind. 

We signed up to the Better Business Act set on building a brighter future for all. Does a business that considers all stakeholders not just shareholders seem far-fetched? We don’t believe it does. This model reflects a business looking to the future amid rapid changes unfolding around us.

Nice in theory, right? 

In practice this means committing to sustainable growth by adopting the “triple bottom line” (people, planet, profit – rather than focussing on profit at any cost).

Where to begin with reducing negative impact? By looking at decisions we make, actions we take – including purchasing ethically and sustainably wherever possible.

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy (EPPP)

HM3 Legal is committed to supplier relationships that lead to positive outcomes for society and the environment.

This policy has been developed to encourage purchasing and using materials, products, and services that incorporate environmental, social, community, and performance goals – while also balancing risk and ensuring compliance with the SRA. This policy applies to all HM3 Legal employees (including the workplace, virtual offices and home offices).

Purchasing Principles

Wherever possible, it is the policy of HM3 Legal to do the following:

  • Following practices that reduce waste by increasing product efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Purchasing from service suppliers who are also encouraging sustainability (or sustainable practices) and prosperity for all within their own communities.
  • Purchasing products that minimise environmental impact to air, water and land. This includes toxic materials, pollution, and hazards to worker and community safety.
  • Purchasing products that reduce virgin material use, water and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in their production, transport, use and when discarded (reducing waste sent to landfill, and minimising toxic chemicals in landfill).
  • Purchasing products and materials used in our business operations that:
    • include recycled content
    • can be re-purposed or recycled
    • demonstrate circularity
    • are durable and long-lasting
    • conserve energy and water
    • are non-toxic and minimise negative environmental impacts
    • use agricultural fibres and residues
    • use unbleached or chlorine-free manufacturing processes
    • are lead-free and mercury-free
    • use sustainable wood or sustainable palm oil from managed forests.


Please note that these are preferences and not absolute requirements. Price, quality, availability, and other factors will also be considered when selecting suppliers.

Taking action

Annual reflections and review process allows colleagues to have open conversations about career progression, and SMART personal goals. 

We don’t leave it 12 months between discussions. We believe in supporting ongoing growth through mid-year reviews and regular 1:1s.

Progression pathways are transparent. They are designed so everyone knows what they are working toward, and how to get there. 

Bite-sized training ensures continual development, means colleagues can step away from their desks to focus on self-improvement. ‘Power Hour’ sessions develop personal skills while ‘How to Wow’ focusses on personal development.

Mentoring scheme recognises the talent with in HM3, and taps into this. It gives colleagues the chance to share knowledge, support and learn from each other. Mentoring is open to 100% of employees, and provides a  the opportunity for collaboration between teams at all levels.

This scheme is about developing skills – legal or otherwise – as well as ‘soft’ skills, best practice, and sharing ideas. Mentors and mentees both find the partnerships are reciprocally beneficial.

We recognise we all have something to contribute, regardless of role or experience.

HM3 Legal’s preferences also reflect the critical importance of supporting local economic development, community prosperity, and cultural diversity.

As a result preference will be given to independent suppliers physically located within 50 miles of any of our locations (added benefits include reducing long-distance transport). To support inclusion, preference will be given to suppliers owned by women, or diverse groups which are underrepresented within the business community.

We are committed to sustainable growth which translates into minimising negative impact of operations, associations and environmentally-beneficial considerations when selecting suppliers. HM3 Legal supports suppliers that benefit the local economy. Consideration will be given to suppliers that meet robust third-party social and environmental certification which include, but are not limited to:

  • Certified B Corp.
  • Soil Association
  • Organic.
  • Fair Trade.
  • ISO 14001.
  • FSC.
  • Green Small Business.
  • Rainforest Alliance.
  • Planet Mark.

Other rigorous and independent third-party certifications will be considered on an individual basis. The goal is for suppliers representing 80% of operational purchasing to be included within this policy.

Employers can learn more about calculating emissions using GHG here. Employees are encouraged to calculate their commuting and homeworking emissions using GHG here, find socially and environmentally responsible businesses in their area by searching (for example) B Corp here or Ethical Consumer here.

Also, employees can check out ‘WRAP’ here for resources about environmental responsibility. This site also has a searchable database of local recycling / e-waste / hazardous waste disposal sites near you, and recycle your electricals.

Have you ever wondered what activities generate the most carbon? This interactive, comprehensive and visual site will help you answer the question based on your own lifestyle at giki earth here.


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