Our responsible business practices

Our responsible business practices

Developing responsible and sustainable operations throughout our global network

White & Case is committed to fair and ethical operations that respect the interests of our stakeholders and recognize the importance of protecting our environment.

UN Global Compact

As a signatory to the UN 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."

Read more in our 2023 Communication on Progress.

Our responsible business operations

As a global law firm, we recognize the importance of a healthy environment and are working to improve our sustainable management operations.

Our Responsible Business Subcommittee, which is part of our Global Citizenship Committee, leads on ESG and sustainability efforts across our operations. It includes a core team of our General Counsels, partners, associates and Business Services professionals from different locations and business functions. In 2022, we appointed a Global Environmental Sustainability Manager to oversee sustainability practices across the Firm.

Leveraging the knowledge of our Environment & Climate Change Practice, ESG and Sustainability Practice and Responsible Business Subcommittee, we share best practices across our global network that reduce the environmental footprint of our operations, our employees and our suppliers.

Read more about our commitment to sustainable operations.


White & Case has published several reports and adopted internal policies to increase accountability and guide its responsible business activities.

Gavin McLean
We support the principles of the UN Global Compact and are committed to driving the sustainability of our operations through continuous improvements.
Gavin McLean, General Counsel, Responsible Business Subcommittee member

Responsible Business

The Firm's Responsible Business Subcommittee drives ESG and sustainability efforts across our global network. 

Highlights of our responsible business work

White & Case is taking multiple approaches to its responsible business practices.

Carbon rights
Carbon rights
Identifying legal frameworks for developing countries to address climate change
Two walruses seen in profile sitting with their backs against each other on ice floating off the coast of Norway.
The role of law in protecting the environment
Our research on 193 countries informs the UNEP 2022 Environmental Rule of Law Report
A photo of Ella Havelka dancing on a dramatically lit stage in an orange and white spotted flowing gown in the Frances Rings-choreographed work 'Terrain'.
From good intentions to positive action
We commit to our first Australian Reconciliation Action Plan

Photo by © Jasper Doest / Bespoke Rep
Rotterdam’s skyline is mirrored on the facade of the Depot Boijmans van Beuningen, also known as The Pot.