In order to bring about positive change, you must first map out your own impact. What is the social and environmental impact of our practices and what efforts are we making in order to decrease our footprint?
The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of our commitment to corporate social responsibility and what we are doing to be a responsible corporate citizen, to show the human face of NautaDutilh. We describe the initiatives and commitments we are making to create a better and fairer world, in terms of our clients, our people, our operations, our society and our community. We also hear from people behind the changes and learn more about what drives them, the role they see for themselves in this process of change and their long-term goals.
This report is a step in the streamlining of our CSR policy. It sets out what we are doing as a firm in the field of CSR and what our objectives are in this area, so that next year we can tell you about the progress we’ve made in terms of achieving our objectives and where we have come up short and why. This report is a starting point for us, a first step by which we render an account to the society we want to be at the centre of as a law firm. We hope it will stimulate both internal and external discussion because we can improve the world only if we dare to hold ourselves accountable.
- Petra Zijp -
Our CSR mission is to ‘empower the next generation’. We believe that by taking responsibility for our actions now, we will leave a better legacy for the future.
We use the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a starting point for our actions. We decided to focus on four areas where we believe we can have the most impact: education, gender equality, climate action and access to justice and the rule of law. We have integrated these SDGs into the five pillars of our CSR policy: Our Clients, Our People, Our Operations, Our Community and Our Society.
Agents of Change
Social responsibility is more than just numbers. The changes we are going through as a firm are driven by our people who, in all layers of the organisation, are committed in their own way to a better world.
To find out more about these people, their motivations and their ambitions, we have created interview series: Agents of Change. In which we talk about the role of a law firm in the transition to a sustainable economy and society while walking in nature. About what drives them. About changing perspectives. These interviews are to be enjoyed both as a podcast, and as a written interview.
We hear from agents of change Harm Kerstholt, partner in our energy practice and one of the driving forces behind our Sustainable Business & Climate Change team, Eefje Tjong Joe Wai, one of our senior HR-advisors and Freerk Vermeulen, partner within our Dispute Resolution team and head of our cassation practice.
About this report
This first public CSR report is a starting point and reflects our baseline measurement for 2019-2020. It provides an overview of our main activities and accomplishments in the field of CSR firmwide. By publishing this report, we aim to increase transparency and accountability with respect to our policies, actions and goals in the field of CSR and sustainability.