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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Community & pro bono

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

Around the world, our pro bono and community outreach practice is focused on widening access to justice, finance, education and a healthy environment.

In pursuing this aim, we align our work with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We seek to contribute to the achievement of goals 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 16 and 17 in particular.

At the heart of our approach is a commitment to working in partnership with NGOs who share these aims. We think that we can achieve more by working alongside, and trying to enhance the capacity of, outstanding organisations with track records in making improvements in these areas that are integral to the ability of people to lead secure, sustainable and fulfilling lives. 

We are guided in pursuing these ambitious aims by our pro bono strategy and, uniquely amongst international law firms, a theory of change. The CEO of one of our global strategic pro bono clients commented:

"The Clifford Chance theory of change is the best explanation of a corporate contribution to wider goals that I have seen.

A focus on... maximising our impact

Forming global strategic partnerships with non-governmental organisations is one of the fundamental ways in which we create sustainable change. Amsterdam Partner Angela McEwan and  Frankfurt Senior Associate Alexander Suttor discuss the contribution our relationship with Human Rights Watch has on the NGO’s work and what it means for our people.

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Progress in 2020/21

1.3 million people

helped since the launch of our Helping 100,000 People programme in 2012

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97% of lawyers

reported skills development as a benefit of doing pro bono work

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2021 Responsible Business Report

In our 2021 Responsible Business Report, we explore what it means to be a responsible business and how we can create sustainable change as a firm.

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Clifford Chance wins Best International Pro Bono Award at the 2021 LawWorks Awards

Clifford Chance has won the Best International Pro Bono Award at the 2021 LawWorks Awards for its Cornerstone initiative in Rwanda which, over a five year period, is investing £1 million per year alongside extensive pro bono and other in kind support, in order to improve well-being in the poorest communities in Kigali.

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Reporting library

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Our insights

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

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Our commitments

Mapping our objectives

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