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.
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.
We educate our talent to become excellent lawyers and professionals. This includes embracing inclu-sion and diversity in our workforce. Our HR department can contribute to CSR in many different ways, for example by fostering an inclusive and diverse culture, integrating CSR aspects into our fringe benefits and training programmes, and making CSR part of our employer brand.
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.
We contribute to society through our pro bono work, which focuses on sustainability, human rights and the cultural sector. Our lawyers are encouraged to spend time on pro bono matters. In order to give more focus to our pro bono work, we set up a Pro Bono Committee last year. The committee’s job is to professionalise, expand and promote our pro bono practice both internally and outside the firm.
We contribute to our community through partnerships with various organisations and projects by our employees. We encourage our employees to contribute their time and resources to such worthy causes.