It’s time to change our minds (and the way we do things)

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22 Jun

2022

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The world forces us to change our views and the ways we act. We can quickly change our minds on truths that have been self-evident to us. We can change the way we live and our daily routines in an instant, if it is required. And still, change can be so difficult.

The world is a fast changing place. From normality to pandemic and lock-down, and back again. From peace to war. From Finland’s and Sweden’s public opinion backed military non-alliance to their NATO-membership applications backed by a vast majority of their people. And in the economy, from negative to positive interest rates; from too low to too high inflation rates; and from bull to bear markets. We have and are changing our minds and our behaviours as a result of these changes.

At the same time, scientists have already for years told us that we have to change the way we live in order to protect our planet. Climate change and loss in biodiversity threaten ecosystems and our very existence. There is no uncertainty as to the facts.

We know what we need to do to tackle this existential threat. But are we acting with the speed and determination that is required? Are the undeniable facts known to us causing us to take the actions that we know are needed – now?

I’m afraid we’re not – not at the speed and on the level that is required from us.

Don’t get me wrong, a lot of good things are being done. Many people and companies are doing important work towards sustainability and clean energy. Many people and companies are working on finding solutions for a sustainable way of life.

It is time to change our minds because the last few years have proven that we can change the way we do things in an instant, if it is required from us. And it is required - right now!

We at Dittmar & Indrenius want to be part of that group and support companies in their change towards sustainability. We are advising many of the front runners in their industries when it comes to sustainability and ESG.

As a law firm we must also change our own behaviour. This year we started measuring our annual CO2 emissions and compensating them fully. We have also joined the United Nations Global Compact and committed ourselves to operating responsibly, in alignment with universal sustainability principles, taking actions to support society, and report to the UN Global Compact annually on our ongoing efforts.

Our commitment to sustainability is not new. For years we have been one of the largest corporate contributors to WWF Finland through our continuing pro bono work for them. For years we have also been the pro bono partner of CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation and continue to support them in their effort to resolve and prevent conflicts in the world.

But I’m sure we at Dittmar & Indrenius can do more – and I believe that so can you. Let’s explore new ideas together and seek new ways towards sustainability.

It is time to change our minds because the last few years have proven that we can change the way we do things in an instant, if it is required from us. And it is required – right now!

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