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Corporate Social Responsibility

Our firm is committed to transformation, empowerment and diversity in South Africa.

Eversheds Sutherland recognises that South Africa's apartheid and gender discrimination legacy has inhibited the access: of black people to the legal profession; of women to the legal profession; and to legal services by the poor and indigent.

We actively participate in advancing transformation through the recruitment, training and development of individuals who are or who have the potential to become lawyers of the highest calibre and who embrace the firm’s professional standards, value system and ethics. We give preference to recruiting staff from previously disadvantaged groups.

Eversheds Sutherland understands the need to transform society and the professional environment in which we operate.

Social Responsibility

Eversheds Sutherland is committed to social responsibility.

In particular we provide legal, financial and administrative support to the following non-profit organisations:

The Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children

The Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children (TTBC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring abused children are protected and rehabilitated. They assist children and their families in the assessment, treatment and prosecution of child abuse offences. They provide therapy, counselling, assistance, love, comfort, safety and on‑going support to children who have been abused as well as their parents. They also provide communities with the knowledge and skills so that we can all help put an end to child abuse.

The Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children (TTBC) originated in 1986 in response to an urgent need for medical examinations for sexually abused children. From there it has grown into a fully-fledged service for abused children which includes: forensic medical examinations, forensic assessments, counseling, psychological testing and more recently a diversion programme for youth sexual offenders.

Professor Lorna Jacklin, a specialist pediatrician based at the Johannesburg General Hospital, is the chairman of the board of directors. The TTBC is closely monitored by the board of directors who are all from civil society. The financial department is audited every year by a well known and reputable auditing firm.

Eversheds Sutherland's Managing Director, Peter van Niekerk, is a director on the Teddy Bear Clinic's board.

The Baby Ethan Foundation

Eversheds Sutherland are proud to be involved in the Baby Ethan Foundation, a foundation set up by Janine Freed after her son, Ethan, was born prematurely at 27 weeks. Ethan spent over 3 months in the Neonatal ICU ("NICU") at Morningside Clinic, Johannesburg. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and had to undergo a number of procedures.

The Baby Ethan Foundation's objectives are to facilitate a conducive, healthy environment for premature or sick babies in a NICU. They also facilitate numerous other projects which empower the mothers to learn a craft while living at the hospital with their babies.

Eversheds Sutherland were honoured to facilitate the setting up the Baby Ethan Foundation Trust, of which one of our Directors, Tanya Waksman, is a Trustee.

Eversheds Sutherland also provide free legal assistance, advice and administrative support to the Baby Ethan Foundation.