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Corporate Social Responsibility
The success of our business is measured by more than financial performance. For us, the social and environmental impact of our global operations is equally important.
Eversheds Sutherland is committed to innovation and high quality service and we have pledged to:
- continuously develop our workplace for the benefit of all of our people
- positively impact the communities in which we work and live
- implement sustainable growth through responsible and innovative business practices
- promote conservation and reduce our impact on natural resources
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Our approach to corporate social responsibility focuses on ‘Unlocking Talent’ – developing the talents and potential of our people and communities.
Through service, we unlock the potential of our community members and partner organizations and at the same time, unlock the potential within our own people by involving them in wide ranging activities beyond their professional skill set.
Our involvement varies across the many jurisdictions where we operate and under this overarching theme of Unlocking Talent, we focus on three key areas:
Eversheds Sutherland has a rich heritage in pro bono work. As far back as the 1930s, our founding fathers in the US were winning landmark cases on behalf of people who couldn’t afford to pay for legal support. This ethos is carried through to this day. Whether we’re working on death penalty cases, for non-profit charitable organizations or on civil rights, immigration and asylum appeals, trafficking litigation, affordable housing, public benefits, domestic violence cases or child custody disputes, our commitment to pro bono and community service work derives primarily from our sense of professional obligation. The enormous legal needs of the poor would be unmet if lawyers like us did not help. Our lawyers are deeply gratified to be able to make positive differences in people’s lives. In the US, we are proud to be founding signatories of the Pro Bono Institute Law Firm Challenge.
- education: in 2016, we formed a three-year partnership with Enabling Enterprise - an award winning not-for-profit social enterprise located in the UK. We work with children at primary and secondary schools in a variety of ways. For example, reading programmes, work experience and voluntary work, in addition to the Eversheds Unlocked programme, which aims to increase social mobility and access to the legal profession to people from disadvantaged backgrounds. In the US, we partner with Everybody Wins!, the Boys & Girls Club and a variety of non-profit educational partners on early childhood development volunteer projects. The firm also engages in US social mobility projects with the StreetLaw Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, in partnership with GE Power
- homelessness: we partner with End Youth Homelessness, a UK-based charity which aims to get young people off the streets and into accommodation, education and training and, ultimately, a job. We support people of all ages and groups facing particular barriers to employment through activities ranging from helping encourage them to secure a permanent home and work, through to serving food in kitchens. We also partner with the US-based charities Bread for the City and Georgia Law Center for the Homeless. The firm has funded Equal Justice Works Fellows at both organizations to implement legal programs to reduce homelessness and increase representation for the homeless population. Our people also volunteer at local soup kitchens, hold clothing drives and even provide skills-based technology training to help those in shelters find employment
- International charity partner: we have chosen WaterAid as a charity that we will support across Eversheds Sutherland on a firmwide, international basis. WaterAid is an international charity that exists to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. WaterAid is recognized as an innovative charity through their work and the provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene is a key driver in enabling social mobility globally.
- philanthropy: Eversheds Sutherland contributes financial resources to our communities through a UK-based charitable trust and a US charitable fund. In addition, we support our people’s desire to donate to the non-profit community and engage in employee giving programs, including jeans day fundraisers and an annual giving campaign
At Eversheds Sutherland, we understand that we have a responsibility for our planet and that our operations have a local, regional and global impact. We are committed to promoting the conservation of natural resources, preventing environmental pollution and continuously improving our environmental performance. In the US, we are a member of the Law Firm Sustainability Network, recognized as a leader in the ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge, and buy renewable energy certificates (RECs) representing 100% of our estimated US energy usage from NextEra Energy Power Marketing LLC.
Having also been recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a member of its Green Power Partnership, we are continually working with building management to monitor our progress and adopt changes in line with our sustainability commitment. We have joined forces with The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), who we will be supporting on a bio-diversity programme over the next three years. We are also partnering with WaterAid, an international organisation whose mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene