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Clifford Chance

Professional standards, ethics & risk

Building trust and confidence

Our policies and our global Code of Conduct – and the results we have seen from their implementation – contribute to our market-leading reputation for the way we do business.

Our risk management framework, business continuity planning, and global Code of Conduct help us to achieve the highest standards of professionalism. We have policies on client selection, climate change and human rights. Our climate change and human rights approach was and continues to be developed with our Responsible Business Board in consultation with relevant stakeholders in the firm.

Explore more of our highlights in this space below.

2022 Responsible Business Report

Our reporting for the year 2021/2022 showcases how our Responsible Business strategy is deeply embedded in our daily work. We take this opportunity to thank our clients (paying and pro bono) and recognise our people, whose efforts make Clifford Chance a leading international law firm known for the quality of the advice that we deliver and the responsible way that we deliver it.

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Progress in 2021/22

Ran six risk identification workshops

approximately 50 directed and panel interviews, and two internal surveys covering global and regional risks

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Global IT Service Centre 4-star rated

by Service Desk Institute for second consecutive year

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Case studies

Living by the Code

Launched in 2020, our Global Code of Conduct defines our expectations of everyone working in our firm and guides our behaviour with each other, our clients and all our external stakeholders.

“I'm really passionate about this because I believe having core values codified for people in a way they can relate to gives us a common drive,” says Partner Dorothée Vermeiren who volunteered to run workshops aimed at further embedding the code into the day-to-day. “It's about reinforcing and improving the culture that we already have."

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A unique approach to managing risk

Managing risk is good business, but it's also what our clients, our people and our regulators expect of us. Clients want to deal with businesses they know they can trust, with effective risk management practices. Being able to identify, assess and manage risks associated with our operations in different markets is fundamental to being a responsible business.

In 2021/22 we embarked on a unique firm-wide programme to enhance this work further by introducing risk assessments for our regions and practice areas, including our Africa Group.

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Reporting library

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Our commitments

Mapping our objectives

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Our insights

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

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