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Private practice is not all about profits and competition. Lawyers undertake pro bono work to share their expertise free of charge as a social good, and similar firms enshrine CSR goals in order to give back to the wider community. Over to our Experts panel…
The majority of law firms are embracing Corporate Social Responsibility. Well-structured CSR programmes encompass community involvement, workplace, marketplace and environmental activities. These elements should work together in a complementary way, for example, supporting a particular non-profit/charity can be enhanced by combining pro bono legal support with charitable fund raising and volunteering.
As a leading global law firm we have the capability to make a positive impact in all spheres of our operations. Delivering on this commitment is key to achieving our firm's ambitions. It impacts upon all that we do: working with our clients to deliver consistently outstanding legal services; our role as a thought leader in the broader legal and business communities and striving for workplace, environmental and social sustainability.
At Norton Rose Fulbright, Corporate Social Responsibility encompasses many areas. Our London corporate responsibility programme focuses on diversity and inclusion, pro bono and volunteering, sustainability, charitable activities, the Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge and the anti-bribery and corruption standard. Thus, there are many opportunities for the firm to give back to the community around us while giving our employees the opportunity to take an active role in society.
Corporate Social Responsibility is a fundamental part of measuring success of firms and also from an applicants' perspective, this says a lot about the culture of firms regarding their strategy and focus. CSR is assessing the difference a firm makes to the lives of the people in our community - internally and externally - and beyond. All firms have different focuses whether that be: environment; legal pro bono; charity and / or the arts.