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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Responsible Business

Working for a sustainable future

Our approach to responsible business

As a leader in our field we are rightly held to high standards in all we do. We believe that our licence to operate, the sustainability of our business and the achievement of our vision are dependent on our ability to inspire trust and earn the confidence of all our stakeholders.

To do this, we must act responsibly, creating long-term, sustainable value and supporting their future success. We use our commitment to the UN Global Compact, and associated global frameworks, to help shape our approach.

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) is an increasingly well understood concept adopted by organisations globally to help them map objectives to promote sustainability their own practices. The principles that are integral to ESG are embedded in our Responsible Business strategy.

Clifford Chance launches inaugural Sustainable Development Goals Award, targeting environmental causes

The Award is open to NGOs around the world, and this year its focus will be on the environmental focused SDGs 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. These SDGs are, respectively, sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water and life on land.

The firm will donate £50,000 and 500 hours of pro bono support to the winning NGO.

How to apply

Responsible Business Report

As we try to build a better, more sustainable future, it is the fundamental principles of the law that guide us, as a responsible business: equality and fairness, access to justice, effective regulation and government, and the promotion and protection of human rights.

Our 2020 report demonstrates our commitment to sustainable growth and how it has endured and been strengthened during a period of uncertainty and change.

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Doing business

Doing business responsibly through market-shaping practice in relation to ethics, professional standards and risk management is a top priority.


Our people

People are central to everything we do. We realise our potential by creating a safe, healthy and inclusive workplace and by broadening our skills and experience.

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Environment and contributing to a more sustainable world is important to how we advise our clients and manage our business.

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Reporting library

View our 2019/20 and historic reporting

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Our insights

The latest points of view from our people on our responsible business activities

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