Sustainability & CSR Report 2022Raising the bar
In Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance, every little bit counts towards building a better future. We are committed to drive sustainable progress - by making a positive impact in everything we do, reporting on our actions and results, and inspiring others to do the same.
With this, we take great pride in our work to help our clients navigate developments and seize opportunities that arise from the increasing ESG focus. At the same time, we are working hard to make our own operations more sustainable.
Publishing our annual Sustainability & CSR Report is one of the ways in which we connect with you and give shape to our Sustainability & CSR mission of ‘Empowering the Next Generation’. The report highlights our actions to date, such as measuring our carbon footprint, defining reduction targets and introducing a more sustainable travel policy, and the steps we take towards a more inclusive work environment.
Looking back, we see that the many small steps we took together resulted in real progress and that we raised the bar together with our clients.
We report annually on our progress and ambitions in the field of sustainability and corporate social responsibility along the four pillars of our CSR strategy: Clients, People, Operations and Society. Focusing on four UN Sustainable Development Goals where we believe we can have the most impact – education, gender equality, climate action and access to justice and the rule of law – we aim to raise the bar each year on our ESG commitments and CSR mission to Empower the Next Generation. We welcome your feedback and encourage dialogue about how we can move forward together.
Agents of change
Our interview series 'Agents of Change' puts the spotlight on our people. These are the lawyers that develop future-proof solutions together with our clients and help to accelerate the focus on ESG across our firm. Because impactful change is always driven by the people who are committed to make a difference. Reaching long-term goals – whether it's achieving net zero, delivering innovative solutions in a changing regulatory landscape or creating a truly inclusive work culture – requires our joint efforts, our collective innovative ideas and the willingness to actually take the small steps that together help to raise the bar and lead to meaningful change. In these interviews, our colleagues share their experience, insights and vision for what's next.
About our policy and strategy
Since 2021, we annually report on our achievements in the field of sustainability. The report provides an overview of our main firm-wide sustainability and CSR activities and accomplishments, and takes into account the issues that are material to our firm. For this report, we did not yet apply an international reporting standard, other than the SDG table. We are preparing for the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), which came into effect in January 2023, and will be subjected to the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) in reporting year 2026.
By publishing this report, we aim to ensure transparency and accountability with respect to our policies, actions, and goals in the field of sustainability and CSR. We welcome your feedback and invite you to enter into a dialogue about the role we have in society.
Contact or questions
We hope to encourage dialogue with you regarding our Sustainability & CSR performance. If you have questions or comments about this Sustainability & CSR Report, please contact Shirley Justice.