GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP REVIEW
In a year defined by clashes of identity and values, the role of lawyers, law firms and the legal community took on greater emphasis and meaning.
Against that backdrop, White & Case saw record growth in our global citizenship activity: Lawyers in all our offices and in every practice devoted nearly 120,000 hours to pro bono matters. Now more than ever, our people are using their professional skills and our global network to make a concrete difference wherever they can.
This year’s Global Citizenship Review highlights pro bono and volunteer projects in three important areas: emergency preparedness, education and climate action. These stories and others remind us what is possible when we choose to play our part in addressing the challenges of our time.
Global Citizenship describes our role—as a business and as individuals—as active participants in the global community. White & Case is committed to fair and ethical operations that respect the interests of our stakeholders and recognize the importance of our natural environment.
As a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative, White & Case is committed to doing business responsibly by aligning our operations with ten principles related to human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. Our Responsible Business Working Group, chaired by our co-General Counsels, is focused on identifying, reporting and addressing any human rights risks or abuses in our operations or our key suppliers. Our Environmental Sustainability Committee, chaired by our Head of Global Citizenship, oversees our environmental management system and measurement activities.
Click here to view our Communication on Progress for the UN Global Compact, our Statement on Slavery and Human Trafficking and details on our environmental sustainability initiative.
Our global legal analyses help set new policy frameworks
We are supporting the IFRC Global First Aid Reference Centre (GFARC), hosted by the French Red Cross, with research to establish first aid providers’ liability and identify gaps and best practices.
Our investments in legal education focus on some of the world’s biggest challenges and opportunities
Our investment in education extends to training for practicing lawyers and judges. We applied a tailored approach for lawyers in The Republic of The Gambia in collaboration with the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP).
When the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) received a grant to create a training program to sensitize judges globally about the importance and impact of reproductive rights, they turned to us to help create a model curriculum.
We employed our skills to help protect our environment and accelerate climate action
Our lawyers co-authored a white paper with the G20 Sustainable Finance Study Group that calls for the creation of a sustainable collateralized loan obligation market to combat climate change.
A Truly Global Pro Bono Practice
Our work focuses on providing access to justice, serving organizations with a social or environmental mission and promoting the rule of law and good sovereign governance