Olympic firms go green

Law firms working with public sector bodies to deliver the 2012 Olympic games are being forced to go green.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) have published draft sustainability policies, which will be encompassed in a London 2012 overarching scheme.

An ODA spokesperson said the policy would require law firms to demonstrate a commitment to inclusion and diversity in their staffing, as well as a commitment to minimising environmental waste and energy consumption.

Berwin Leighton Paisner, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons were the five firms appointed to the ODA’s legal panel in June.

ODA chief executive David Higgins said: “The ODA will work with industry, using its influence and purchasing power to encourage and enable the delivery of an economically, socially and environmentally responsible Games.”

An ODA spokesperson added: “They’ll need to produce their own policies addressing the issues that must be compatible with our policy.”