We find it is in the best interest of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (DGS) and the communities we serve that our firm work towards achieving greater sustainability through focused effort in embracing social, economic, and environmental responsibility. To that end, we will strive to achieve the following vision of performance, publicly communicate this commitment, and periodically report our progress and challenges in fulfilling this vision. With full firm support, we have established a Sustainability Committee as a subcommittee of the DGS Cleantech & Climate Law Group to execute this vision, including making all personnel aware of the firm policy and holding periodic meetings to assess progress in achieving this vision. Accordingly, DGS commits to uphold the following sustainability principles:
The Wise Use of Financial Resources
Organization’s Economic Prosperity. Our organization positions itself to survive and prosper economically.
Community’s Economic Prosperity. We will help our community survive and prosper economically through the taxes, salaries, and suppliers we pay, and through our civic and philanthropic efforts. DGS attorneys have a long tradition of serving Colorado’s business, professional, civil and cultural communities. We will continue our commitment to community service, by providing pro bono legal services and organizing community service projects to help serve these goals. Examples of DGS’ efforts to achieve those goals include the 2015 Y100 Campaign; a community outreach and charitable giving initiative undertaken in celebration of our 100-year anniversary.
Respect for People
Respect for Employees. We will treat those within each level of our workforce in a respectful way, especially with regard to compensation and benefits; promotion; training; open, constructive dialogue with management; working conditions that are safe and healthy; employment-termination practices; and encouraging wellness and appropriate work-life balance.
Diversity, Inclusiveness, and Fair Hiring Practices. DGS is committed to being a diverse firm. We know that to make a difference, we must lead by example. DGS strives to attract and retain attorneys who reflect a multiplicity of cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and viewpoints represented in a global economy. We will promote diversity and use hiring practices for our employees, management board, and suppliers that are fair and responsible and do not discriminate on the basis of factors such as gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, ethnicity or race, that are unrelated to the requirements of the job. We will continue to support the DGS Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee to help ensure the firm is committed to these principles.
Responsible Governance; Professional Courtesy. We will manage our risks properly, use our economic power responsibly, and operate our organization in a way that is ethical and legal. We will treat with due respect others who are involved with us in the discussion of legal issues and resolution of legal claims.
Working with Clients. We will embrace our primary legal and ethical duty to serve our clients honestly and effectively. We will compete fairly for their business, respect their privacy and confidentiality, and provide them efficient and effective services under the conditions we promise.
Awareness and Advice. We will help raise the awareness of our employees about sustainability issues in the primary fields of our legal practice, and include consideration of such issues in the advice we provide our clients.
Well-being of Stakeholders. We will work collaboratively with stakeholders in our community to enhance the well-being of others through pro bono legal services, other voluntary efforts, philanthropy, and other ways.
Respect for Life; the Wise Management and Use of Natural Resources
Resource and Energy Conservation. We will conserve our use of natural resources and energy to the extent practicable.
Waste and Pollution Prevention and Management. We will reduce to the extent practicable the quantity and degree of hazard of the wastes we generate from our operations, and handle them in a safe, legal, and responsible way to minimize their environmental effects. We will also reduce to the extent practicable the direct and indirect emissions of greenhouse gases and other harmful air pollutants from our operations and travel.
Reduction of Supply Chain Impacts. We will work with others in our supply chain to the extent practicable to help reduce adverse environmental impacts and risks associated with our operations and optimize environmental benefits.
Green Team. We will maintain a “Green Team” consisting of attorneys and staff in order to implement the policies described in this section. The Green Team will identify and outline specific steps that the firm will take in achieving the purposes of this section as part of an ongoing Environmental Responsibility Implementation Plan (Implementation Plan). The Implementation Plan will be revised periodically to reflect evolving environmental standards and business practices. The Green Team will meet periodically to review the Implementation Plan and consider appropriate standards by which to measure the progress of the firm in achieving the goals of this section.
Adopted by the Executive Committee — March 2016