The work profiled in our newly released 2017 Global Citizenship Review reveals a world grappling with more frequent natural disasters, as well as man-made emergencies caused by intractable conflicts or human failings. It also brings into focus some of the important work being done to build a more peaceful, resilient, sustainable and just world.
We are pleased to include five photo essays that bring these themes to life, vividly illustrating the challenges facing the most vulnerable, while emphasizing their strength and resilience. These images were captured by some of the world's leading photographers for Ripple Effect Images, a collective founded by photographer Annie Griffiths to cover the underreported issues and solutions that impact women and children in emerging economies and conflict zones.
Like these photographers, our lawyers are using their skills to make a difference around the world. Our Global Pro Bono Practice is one of the largest in the world. In 2017, we provided more than 100,000 hours of pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations and the individuals they serve. Since 2010—when we brought together our pro bono work, legal education, volunteering, charitable contributions and responsible business practices under the rubric of Social Responsibility, now named Global Citizenship—we have focused our efforts on making a greater impact globally.
As global citizens, we believe it is our responsibility to help address the challenges and opportunities facing the world today.
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Our responsible business practices
White & Case became a signatory to the UN Global Compact, the world's largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative, in July of 2016. Signatories commit to doing business responsibly by aligning their operations with ten principles related to human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. White & Case is committed to fair and ethical operations that respect the interests of all our stakeholders and recognize the importance of our natural environment. We adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct and continually communicate with and train all of our lawyers and employees in ethics and professional responsibility.
In 2017, we formed a Responsible Business Working Group chaired by our co-General Counsels and including the heads of Procurement and Global Citizenship as well as representatives from our Global People team and Facilities Management. The Working Group is responsible for identifying, reporting and addressing any human rights risks or abuses in our operations or our key suppliers.