Corporate Responsibility

Corporate responsibility is a collective responsibility and starts with you. It's about how we do our jobs every day, relate to each other, help each other and face our clients and the world around us.
Tom Shropshire
Partner and Chair of Linklaters’ Corporate Responsibility Committee

Collective Responsibility

Corporate Responsibility touches every part of our business. We believe that everyone at Linklaters has a collective responsibility, and we each play a role as trusted advisor to our clients, valued colleague to one another across the firm, engaged professional in our markets, and good neighbor in our local communities and our environment.

Trusted Advisor

As trusted advisors, we are relied upon by our clients, whether fee-paying or pro bono, for their most complex, sophisticated and international challenges.

Valued Colleague

As valued colleagues, we share a responsibility to value and develop the potential of ourselves and our colleagues. This includes how we reward and train our people and promote wellbeing, as well as recognizing the value of diversity.

At a global level, we partnered with Camfed (the Campaign for Female Education), an innovative organisation devoted to girls’ education and the empowerment of young women in rural Africa. Linklaters worked pro bono to deliver a major report on Camfed’s operating model, which meant visiting remote areas in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi to interview girls, parents, teachers, government officials and village leaders. We identified the key advantages of Camfed’s approach and shared our findings with other Non-Governmental Organisations.

Engaged Professional

As engaged professionals, we recognize our role in developing the markets and professions in which we practice. This includes sharing our expertise on panels and boards, sharing our knowledge through teaching and keeping our clients abreast of developments in the market.

Good Neighbor

As good neighbors, we are committed to making a positive impact on our neighborhoods and environment. This includes running our premises in the most sustainable way, as well as providing pro bono legal services and general volunteer support to the poor and underserved in our communities.

Highlight: Our International Governance and Development Practices

In January 2013, Linklaters launched the International Governance and Development Practices (IGDP) to address challenges facing global development such as lost economic growth, corruption and waste, and a disenfranchised citizenry.

In the 21st century, the lines between sectors – public and private, development and humanitarian – have blurred. Linklaters’ IGDP uniquely occupy the space common between these sectors. We combine our expertise in corporate, finance and projects, with our expertise in international development, social development, human rights, and community issues. These are applied to the full range of our work for the private sector, governments, IFIs, multilaterals and in the humanitarian sector. By creating a principles-based approach to governance, we are empowering clients to operate their businesses in a more holistic, forward-thinking manner where business, compliance and risk functions are better aligned to meet the challenges they face.

Since launch, Linklaters has been retained by governmental agencies, INGOs, and private corporations on international governance and development matters in Asia, the Middle East, Western and Southern Africa, Latin America and Australia. The practices were recently awarded Most Innovative Law Firm for Social Responsibility at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers European Awards.

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