Helping the communities where we operate is an integral part of our work. We leverage our talent, geographic reach and resources to make a positive and lasting impact on many of today's social and economic challenges. Through our Corporate Social Responsibility program, we inspire Firm colleagues to make a difference, and collaborate with clients who share the same commitment to social justice.
We are also a signatory of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative. Signatories pledge to support and promote 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.
One of the major benefits of being a global law firm is having the bandwidth and resources to help people through our work in lots of places and on large-scale projects. With lawyers in 47 countries and a long history of working for multinational companies, we’ve built our business on collaborations that strategically serve our clients’ interests.
We bring this same collegiality and efficiency to our pro bono projects. Each year we donate our time to causes such as helping the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria secure the licensing rights to post a Paul McCartney fundraising concert on YouTube and advising the International Senior Lawyers Project on oil exploration and production issues in Sierra Leone. To expand our sphere of influence, we’ve led the way in teaming with some of the largest corporations in the world on pioneering pro bono projects.
Our belief is that diversity and inclusion creates a positive workforce environment, but building a diverse workforce is also the smart business thing to do. We know this approach breeds creativity, encourages a greater range of views and helps us to respond better to the needs of our clients and the communities we work in. Our clients only want to work with law firms who respect their employees and share their values.
As one of the first global law firms to establish a Climate Change Practice, our commitment to renewable energy and sustainability extends to how we do business. We understand that being responsible global citizens means protecting our environment.
In our offices around the world, we continue to implement initiatives to reduce our environmental footprint. In London, for example, our lawyers and staff participate in a building-wide recycling program, dine in a cafeteria that provides sustainable food options and have access to bike racks and lockers to encourage green commutes.
Our Australia office buys green electricity and has shifted to energy efficient lighting. Many of our offices also purchase carbon offsets for air travel of lawyers, staff and clients to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And we have numerous “Go Green” strategies, which include engaging our staff to conserve energy and resources.