In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals—the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These 17 Global Goals aim to end poverty, protect the environment and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. They follow and expand on the Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2001. Achieving the goals will require participation from governments, the private sector, civil society and individual citizens.
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. The Compact emphasizes collaboration and innovation on issues such as the Global Goals.
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 and train all of our lawyers and employees in ethics and professional responsibility.
In a major new initiative aligned with our commitment to the UN Global Compact, we introduced training on business and human rights for all of our lawyers to ensure they are aware of how this emerging field affects their area of legal practice.
We are proud to help advance the Global Goals through our Global Pro Bono Practice as well. Our work ranges across all the issues covered by the Global Goals, from combating human trafficking to promoting good water governance to closing the credit gap for women entrepreneurs.