Linklaters makes significant progress in its collective responsibility strategy

Linklaters today published its latest corporate responsibility report showing that the firm has made significant progress in its collective responsibility strategy.

Last year's report marked the launch of the firm’s collective responsibility strategy and defined the four roles those in the firm play: trusted advisor, valued colleague, engaged professional and good neighbour. This year the report discusses the external impact of that approach, bringing in views from clients, alliance firms and other stakeholders. The report demonstrates how Linklaters’ commitment to being a responsible business translates into day-to-day action.

Highlights include:

Volunteering

  • 1,500 Linklaters people volunteered in 2013.
  • 25,000 pro bono hours contributing to 37,000 volunteering hours in total.
  • 81% of volunteering projects used the business skills of our people.
  • 92% of Linklaters’ offices had at least 25% of people volunteering in 2013.

 

Creating opportunities

  • All 29 Linklaters offices around the world have a culturally relevant diversity programme.
  • We helped inspire 10,000 young people through our community programmes.
  • Approximately 100 bursaries sponsored by the firm globally each year.
  • 20% of the firm’s recent trainees went on international secondment and 26% on client secondment in 2013.

 

Environment

  • Linklaters used 13% less water in its global operations in 2013 than in the previous year.
  • The firm has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 40% since 2007 and reduced electricity usage by 48% over the same period.
  • Linklaters recycles 76% of its waste.

 

Supporting sustainability

The firm is collaborating with the United Nations Global Compact to develop a guide for corporate counsel. The guide is part of the UN’s efforts to encourage sustainable business and will highlight good practices in the office of general counsel and highlight how long-term commercial sustainability can be supported by corporate responsibility.

Robert Elliott, chairman and senior partner at Linklaters, said:

“Reflecting back on our sense of corporate responsibility in this, the firm’s 175th year, I am proud of how far we have come and of our achievements to date. We are working hard to make CR central to the day-to-day lives of everyone in the firm. I think we are now truly developing an understanding of our collective responsibility. This is something I believe must be at the heart of the firm’s culture and underpins the spirit of the firm – who we are, both individually and together. It is wonderful to see so many people actively involved with volunteering, engaging with networks and pro bono activities and taking part in the overall life of the firm, not just the business.”

Linklaters’ Corporate Responsibility Report 2013 is available online.

For further information, please contact Bruce Wraight on +44 (0)20 7456 5230 or Katie Taylor on +44 (0) 20 7456 2287.