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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Community & pro bono

Widening access to justice, finance, education and a healthy environment

Our global community & pro bono strategy  focuses on contributing towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Guided by our theory of change, and in the spirit of SDG 17 – Partnership for the Goals – we work in long-term partnerships with some of the world’s leading NGOs and civil society organisations in order to maximise our impact.

We harness the skills and expertise of our people, often delivered alongside grant funding from the Clifford Chance Foundation, to deliver positive and sustainable contributions in the communities around the world where we do business. Increasingly, we work on pro bono collaborations with our clients.

Progress highlights in FY22/23

Responsible Business reporting

Future Focus 

In FY23, our firm continued to focus on helping our clients navigate a complex legal and regulatory landscape and on advancing our own responsible business strategy. We did this with an eye towards the future, concentrating on areas critical to our sustainability and the challenges and opportunities we know our clients will face in the future.

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124,067 people

helped by the NGOs we work with as a result of our support working in long-term partnerships with 88 NGOs around the world

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162 partners and employees

sitting on the boards of 191 not-for-profit organisations

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Case studies

Building capacity in Rwanda

Launched in 2019, our five year Cornerstone initiative is committed to strengthening the wellbeing of thousands of people in the poorest communities in the Rwandan capital Kigali. One project truly inspired our volunteers – the coding and computer skills training programme run in partnership with NGO Women in Africa. 

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Portal boosts pro bono uptake

After its successful launch in the US, we have rolled out Paladin, the online portal for pro bono and volunteering opportunities, to our people in the UK, continental Europe and the Middle East.

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Protecting the legal rights of asylum seekers

One key area of SDG alignment has arisen from the work we have done to support refugees globally, which has contributed in particular to SDGs 4, 10 and, in protecting the legal rights of asylum seekers, to 16.

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Our insights

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

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