Global Citizenship

Our responsible business practices

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. All of our global citizenship activities, which include our pro bono work, are closely aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

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. We are also a signatory to the UN Global Compact's "Statement from Business Leaders for Renewed Global Cooperation."

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.

Read our 2020 Communication on Progress for the United Nations Global Compact and download PDF

View our 2019 Statement on Slavery and Human Trafficking and download PDF

Read our Australian Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

 

Fighting racial injustice

US justice system reform and eliminating racial inequities has long been a key focus of our pro bono practice. You can read an overview of our work here

Major ongoing matters include our work to end debtors' prisons in Ferguson, Missouri and our fight against indefinite solitary confinement in Red Onion and Wallens Ridge Virginia State Prisons.

Other matters include:

 

2019 Global Citizenship Review

Our Global Pro Bono Practice is the centerpiece of our community engagement activities. In 2019, lawyers in all our offices and in every practice devoted more than 140,000 hours to pro bono matters. Highlights of this work are profiled in the stories below and in our 2019 Global Citizenship Review.