the international trade organization for legal procurement

best practices for buying legal services and legal technology


There is a growing need for businesses to take a more active role in addressing societal issues. Stakeholders expect those they do business with to make progress with respect to social impact, sustainability, carbon footprint, etc. These expectations extend beyond your own organizations to include their vendors and suppliers.

Our Working Group Social Impact and Sustainability is co-chaired by Pamela Cone, Founder and CEO of Amity Advisory, a social impact and sustainability consultancy to the legal industry, and Orazio Difruscolo, Head Claims Legal Sourcing at Swiss Re. 

Our Focus as an Industry Working Group

What is the role of the legal industry in addressing these issues? How does an organization's behavior influence buying decisions? What steps should procurement take to help influence the behavior of its vendors and suppliers, including law firms?

Our goals:

  • Enhance buyers’ and sellers’ understanding of social impact and sustainability issues in the legal industry
  • Provide tangible, actionable solutions for improving social Impact in the legal space, including value creation with suppliers/vendors
  • Create a more collaborative and purposeful approach to social impact and sustainability initiatives in the legal industry
Our approach:
  • Educational webinars/podcasts on Social Impact and Sustainability
  • Create a Social Impact and Sustainability primer with checklists, tools, and actionable take-aways for buyers of legal services
  • Inspire and support organizations to improve their Social Impact and Sustainability programs

    What the legal industry can (and should) do about social impact & sustainability

    Expert Roundtable discussion with Adam Roy Gordon, SDG Advocate and Engagement Director for the United Nations Global Compact's U.S. Network, Carol Kazmer Liffman, Founder and Principal, Liffman Advisory, Arnaud Brohe, CEO CO2logic Inc., Author of The Handbook of Carbon Accounting, moderated by Pamela Cone, Founder and CEO, Amity Advisory.

    What clients want law firms to do about social impact and sustainability

    Peer-to-Peer Roundtable discussion with Kelly Hotchkiss (Swiss Re) and Tom Harvey (Lloyds Banking Group). Moderated by Pamela Cone (Amity Advisory).

    Get Inspired by Industry Leaders in sustainability and social impact:

    Each of us has the power to affect change when engaging outside legal counsel. In this video, Pamela Cone (Amity Advisory) explains how to assess your outside legal counsel to encourage greater progress toward solving societal challenges. If not us, then who? If not now, then when?

    Pamela Cone (Amity Advisory) asks Timothy Wilkins and Oliver Dudok van Heel (both Freshfields) what law firms can do to improve their sustainability efforts and social impact:

    Pamela Cone (Amity Advisory) asks Nathan Darling (Beveridge & Diamond) how his firm embraces sustainability and what they do to have the most social impact:

    Pam Cone (Amity Advisory) asks Gayatri Joshi (Law Firm Sustainability Network) about the association's work with law firms and the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standard (ALISS) assessment:

    Download the UN Guide for General Counsel on Corporate Sustainability

    Join our Working Group and Move the Needle on Sustainability and Social Impact:

    How you benefit: 

    • You will get a platform to pursue your interest
    • You can give back to the community
    • You will network with your peers
    • You will grow professionally and personally

    If you are a Member or a Friend of the Buying Legal Council and passionate about Social Impact and Sustainability, we want you!

    We meet (virtually) every 4-6 weeks for brainstorming discussions and before events as needed.

    Please email Doria for further information and to join the Working Group!