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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Professional standards, ethics & risk

Building trust and confidence

The way we do business is driven by our values-based Code of Conduct, and the implementation of our related policies contributes to Clifford Chance's leading reputation.

During FY23, we advanced core aspects of our ways of doing business. This included the further rollout of the Code of Conduct, launching the ’Speak Up’ programme of our Code of Conduct, and a global review of our standards for Anti-bribery and corruption.

We have a longstanding track record of using technology effectively to deliver client service. Our Enterprise Risk Management Framework, Information Governance and Data Privacy Frameworks alongside our Operational Resilience strategy are embedded globally, and include robust steps and processes to manage technology and data in a secure way.

Our approach to doing business responsibly included continuing to build our expertise in advising clients on legal and regulatory issues in relation to emerging technologies, which also includes questions on use of generative AI.

Our approaches to climate change and human rights also continue to be developed with our Responsible Business Board, in consultation with relevant stakeholders in the firm. They include the integration of our Climate Change Policy into our matter acceptance processes and the ongoing further development of our approach to assessing the human rights impacts of the work we do.

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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163 workshops

run on the firm’s values-based global Code of Conduct, led by the Chair of the Responsible Business Board, since its introduction in FY22, attended by some 3,000 people in the firm

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82% completion rate

for the firm’s Speak Up training, which aims to encourage and support speaking up appropriately when behaviours and actions aren’t right

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Successful integration

of our Climate Change Policy in the firm’s systems and processes on client and matter acceptance

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Case studies

Responsible tech

In a world driven by rapid technology development, it's critical that adoption of new tools and the way they are developed are guided by clear principles and done in a safe and responsible way. We have a long track record of helping our clients navigate these complex challenges and making tech more inclusive and diverse. Read more from Tech Group members Dessislava Savova, Devika Kornbacher, Herbert Swaniker and Stella Cramer.

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Our insights

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

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