International law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) is pleased to announce that it has joined the Energy & Environment Alliance (EEA). The EEA is a not-for-profit, global coalition of hospitality leaders and experts dedicated to helping the industry transition to a carbon-zero economy by shaping and supporting the implementation of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) measures across businesses in the hospitality sector. 

WBD's full-service Retail and Hospitality team will work with the EEA, (whose members own over 24,000 hotel properties around the world), to develop the first universal, scientifically robust standards and metrics for sustainable design, construction and management of hotels and other hospitality assets, and to support businesses navigate the challenges and opportunities the ESG agenda presents.

WBD has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to ESG – the firm, which was named ESG Firm of the Year at The Legal 500's Northern Powerhouse Awards in March, is committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2030 and procures renewable energy in five of its eight UK offices, with nearly 80% of the electricity used coming from renewable sources.

Claire Wilkinson, Partner and Head of WBD's Retail and Hospitality team, said:

"ESG is a movement that is growing rapidly and one which now impacts on virtually every sector, but none more so than hospitality. The industry faces many challenges, including rapid changes to building standards and requirements on energy use, carbon reporting, and the increasing expectations of guests and investors on ethical performance.

WBD is delighted to become a member of the EEA – our thorough understanding of ESG and the wider industry expectations which underpin the market standard for what 'good' looks like puts us in perfect standing for industry-leading collaboration with their other members. The EEA's vision and values closely align with our own business, we look forward to working with the EEA to achieve their vision of a green, sustainable world where everyone can prosper."

Ufi Ibrahim, CEO, EEA, commented:

“The EEA’s main ambition is to forge a network of engaged and proactive industry leaders with the knowledge, skills and ambition to drive sustainable business practices forward across the sector. I’m absolutely delighted that Womble Bond Dickinson has signed up to be part of the EEA and support the adoption of ESG measures amongst our members.”

For more information about the Energy and Environment Alliance, visit their website.