This is our second public CSR report, covering our work in 2021. It provides an overview of our main firm-wide CSR activities and accomplishments. We took our first CSR report for 2019-2020 as reference point and have described the progress we made since last year – as well as where we fell short of our targets. We took into account the issues that are material to us, but we did not apply an international reporting standard (other than an SDG table at the end of this report). By publishing this report, we aim to ensure transparency and accountability with respect to our policies, actions, and goals in the fields of CSR and sustainability. We welcome your feedback and invite you to enter into dialogue with us about the role we have in society.
Our CSR policy
In 2021, our CSR policy and sustainable business practice really gained momentum. We saw an increase in ESG related projects and matters. Our Sustainable Business & Climate Change team expanded its reach through new hires and mandates. We were ranked Best Diversity Firm at the 2021 Dutch M&A Awards. We initiated projects to reduce our carbon footprint. Our Pro Bono Committee implemented the new pro bono policy. And we integrated our pro bono and community engagement activities into the NautaDutilh Impact Programme. It enables us to accelerate faster by engaging even more colleagues, and collectively effect positive change through our client work.
Sustainable Development Goals
We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which define global priorities and aspirations for 2030 to address economic, social, and environmental challenges as starting point for our actions within the four pillars of our CSR policy and Impact Programme. We are committed to reducing the potential negative impact of our choices and to increasing the positive impact we can create. In doing so, we focus on SDGs 4, 5, 13, and 16. Through our actions and choices, we also have an impact on other SDGs. A selection is included in this overview.
Our CSR ambitions
We do not only look back at what we have done so far, but also look ahead. What are our objectives for the four pillars of our CSR-policy: our Clients, our People, our Operations, and our Impact Programme. 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.