We promote market-shaping practices in relation to ethics, professional standards and risk management, reflecting those values and issues that our clients have told us are most important to them.
As a Responsible Business, we seek to provide clients with a service that is informed and defined by the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and risk management. Our lawyers are encouraged not only to ensure that they advise clients within the technical confines of the law, but also to consider the policies and objectives behind relevant legal requirements. Through this approach, we aim to build trust and confidence in our clients, our people and wider society.
We take a global view of ethics, risk management and compliance, applying the same, highest possible standards to every part of our business, every office and every part of our firm, whether or not required by local law. We have created global processes to review our performance about those standards, involving senior management in each Clifford Chance office, co-ordinated and supported by our general counsel and central compliance function.
Clifford Chance has, over many years, sought to promote greater professionalism in the industry and set transparent standards for how legal services should be provided. For example, we were one of the first law firms to adopt a formal human rights policy and were closely involved in the development of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. As we are increasingly called upon by clients to advise them on the management of human rights risk arising in relation to their business, we have a team of lawyers with specialist expertise that advises regularly on mandates involving business and human rights issues.
Consistent with our policy, and our participation in the UN Global Compact, we have developed strategies, risk management systems and training aimed at ensuring respect for Human Rights throughout our operations. This includes putting in place policies and procedures to ensure modern slavery is not present in any part of our business and supply chain, following the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act.