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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. 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 (SDGs) as a starting point for our actions, focusing on four areas where we believe we can have the greatest effect: Quality Education (SDG 4), Gender Equality (SDG 5), Climate Action (SDG 13) and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16). We have integrated these SDGs into the four pillars of our CSR policy:

Our clients (SDGs 13 and 16)
Climate change and sustainability are high on the agenda for many of our clients, and it is through our client work that we can make the biggest impact. Our Sustainable Business & Climate Change team identifies ESG risks and opportunities and works with clients to develop futureproof solutions to the complex and interconnected challenges inherent in responsible business conduct.

Our people (SDGs 4 and 5)
We educate our talent to become excellent lawyers and professionals. Among other things, this involves inculcating soft skills and embracing inclusion and diversity (I&D) in our work-force.

Our operations (SDG 13)
We strive to reduce our carbon footprint and integrate sustainability into our business operations firm-wide. This includes actions toward going paperless and recycling efforts. A sustainable travel and procurement policy will be implemented in 2022.

Our Impact Programme (SDGs 4, 5, 13, and 16)
Everyone within the firm receives four Impact Days per year to contribute to society through pro bono legal work and/or community engagement projects toward the four focus SDGs. We encourage and facilitate additional pro bono work and other meaningful volunteer work.

Our CSR Committee, Pro Bono Committee, dedicated CSR Specialist, I&D Specialist, and the Young Professionals Board (co)develop policies, instigate new initiatives, and coordinate projects and activities. They advise the Board and the Executive Committee. The Brussels and Luxembourg offices also have a (Think) Green Committee and the Brussels office features a Think Inclusion & Diversity Committee and a Think Healthy Committee, which advise the managing partners in these offices. All committees are composed of both lawyers and business support professionals who collaborate on firm-wide CSR projects. 

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.

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