Global Citizenship Review
Highlights from our Global Pro Bono Practice, volunteering and responsible business activities
As one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services in the world, we felt a very strong responsibility to help address both the COVID-19 and racial justice crises. We often worked closely with longstanding pro bono clients who needed to respond quickly to fast-changing situations. For example, we helped the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies assess the impact of COVID-19 emergency decrees in 77 countries. We also created new initiatives like the Racial Justice Task Force set up by lawyers in our Global Antitrust Practice.
This review reports on our pro bono and legal education work on these issues and our continued work on access to justice, human rights and the environment.
We take our commitment to the United Nations Global Compact seriously. It has inspired our Responsible Business Working Group, co-chaired by our General Counsel, to look at our own operations and supply chain in a more holistic way. We share reflections by members of the Working Group on our efforts and progress since signing the Compact in 2016.
This year has changed the world, and it’s also changed our Firm. We hope that we have helped steer the world toward a healthier, more just future.
__Hugh Verrier, Chair
About pro bono
Highlights of our Global Pro Bono Practice
Our global pro bono practice continued to grow in 2020 as we helped address some of the world’s gravest challenges.
146,500 pro bono hours in 2020
4% increase from 2019
100% of our offices and practices do pro bono work
150+ partners and counsel serve as Pro Bono Leaders
60+ associates and legal staff serve as Pro Bono Champions