In addition, we refined our CSR policy. 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. We decidedto focus on four areas where we believe we can have the most impact: education (SDG 4), gender equality (SDG 5), climate action (SDG 13) and access to justice and the rule of law (SDG 16). We have integrated these SDGs into the five 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 we are convinced that we can make the biggest impact through our client work. Our Sustainable Business & Climate Change Team identifies ESG risks and opportunities and works with clients to develop future-proof 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. This includes embracing inclusion and diversity in our workforce.
Our operations (SDG 13):
We strive to decrease our carbon footprint and integrate sustainability into our business operations firm wide. This includes actions focused on going paperless and recycling efforts. A sustainable procurement policy is on the agenda for 2021.
Our society (SDGs 4, 5, 13 and 16):
We contribute to society through our pro bono work, which focuses on sustainability, human rights and the cultural sector.
Our community (SDGs 4, 6 and 16):
We contribute to our community through partnerships with various organisations and projects by our employees. For the period covered by this report we also included SDG 6 (access to water) in our community engagement activities.
Our CSR Committee, Pro Bono Committee, dedicated CSR specialist, I&D specialist and the Young Professionals Board (co)develop policies, launch new initiatives and coordinate projects and activities. They advise the Board and the Executive Committee. The Brussels and Luxembourg offices have a (Think) Green Committee and the Brussels office also has a Diversity & Inclusion Committee. These committees are composed of lawyers and business support professionals.
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. For this first report, we took into account the issues that are material to us but did not apply an international reporting standard. 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.