Ambition session and roadmap circular business operations

Ambition session and roadmap circular business operations


Allen & Overy assists companies, financial institutions and government bodies with legal advice. They are active in 31 countries worldwide and employ 5000 people. In Amsterdam there are 335 employees, 190 of whom are lawyers. Allen & Overy has been working on sustainability for years by renovating the office building in cooperation with the landlord to label A and by various ISO certifications. The next step for the company was to make the development into a circular business operation.


After the building and the ISO certifications, Allen & Overy wants to continue making its business operations more sustainable, including facility services and business travel, with a focus on circularity. They have asked PHI Factory to help develop a vision, ambition and roadmap for the Dutch department of the organization, located in Amsterdam.

The result

Interviews with employees and sessions with the greenteam showed that Allen & Overy considers sustainability of paramount importance. This belief is carried into all layers of the organization. This made it possible for the vegetable team to draw up an ambitious 5-year roadmap, called: ‘It’s time to be circular’. Objectives have been set for the theme areas of building, waste, food, purchasing, mobility and collaborations. The dot on the horizon: Take action, differentiate and collaborate to improve environmental sustainability.

With this roadmap, Allen & Overy takes responsibility for the impact of its own business operations and beyond: the company wants to set an example for its employees and for other companies. This also means that the objectives are not just on paper: What Allen & Overy says it wants to do, the company really wants to do well.

The roadmap was presented to all employees of the organization in Amsterdam and was immediately implemented. Allen & Overy has now taken steps to reduce residual waste through new waste separation units, the collection of coffee cups for recycling into toilet paper, and it is joining forces with surrounding companies for a Zero Waste Zuidas.


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