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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Responsible Business

Acting responsibly

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.

The concepts that are integral to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) are embedded in our Responsible Business strategy. For instance, we align our operations to contribute towards a number of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focusing on those areas where we can make the greatest contribution, and we intend to continue to do so through to 2030.

Explore our highlights in this space below.

Clifford Chance is a founding member of the new Business & Human Rights Lawyers Association

Clifford Chance, as a founding member firm, has collaborated with peers around the world to establish the Business & Human Rights Lawyers Association (BHRLA).

The association is formed of 22 international law firms and is the first of its kind focused on the growing practice of business and human rights. 

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2022 Responsible Business Report

What does it mean to act responsibly in 2022?

Our Report showcases how our Responsible Business strategy is deeply embedded in our daily work. 

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Key highlights

Investing in a sporting legacy

Case study

For the first time ever, football’s world governing body FIFA has built human rights considerations into the host city bidding process for the 2026 Football World Cup in North America. We helped clarify what that could mean for the tournament’s human rights legacy, for mega-sporting events and for our clients.

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Our values in action when war hits home

Case study

While the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a humanitarian crisis that affects the whole world, for our colleagues in Warsaw it is unfolding on their doorstep. Their response embodies everything we try to be as a responsible business.

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Advancing the conversation on climate change

Case study

COP26 was an opportunity for states, NGOs, the business community and the public to come together to discuss, debate and develop solutions to the climate crisis. Clifford Chance played an active role at COP26, including launching a report on trade and climate change, speaking on several panels on critical issues for our clients, and engaging in conversations with a wide range of key partners

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Key pillars

Community & pro bono

Our market-leading international platform for community and pro bono initiatives delivers structured, well-supported and impactful opportunities for our clients and for our people to act responsibly and work together. 

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Our insights

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

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