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Locally and globally, the shared responsibility to help others brings us closer together as a team

We recognise that being one of the world's leading law firms has its responsibilities. We are committed to supporting the communities where we do business by widening access to justice, education and finance. We collaborate with clients, NGOs and charities to deliver these community outreach and pro bono services, with partner-led, client-focused teams.

Our global pro bono and community outreach strategy focuses on providing the best possible support to local community-based organisations, global NGO and charity clients, whilst at the same time expanding the capabilities of our people and strengthening relationships, partnership and collaboration.

Our initiatives provide all of our people, at all levels, with opportunities to practise and enhance the skills that are key to their development, making them more effective and well-rounded.

In 2012, the firm created the "Helping 100,000 Initiative" – an annual target to make a material difference in the lives of 100,000 people around the world. We have consistently exceeded our annual target of helping 100,000 people, helping 138,576 in 2017/18.

We have a varied programme of community and pro bono activities, which focus on enabling access to justice, to finance and to education. As well as volunteering our time and skills, we provide financial support to global NGOs and charities through the Clifford Chance Foundation.

Community outreach is really important in the London office. There are numerous ways that you can get involved in the local community. For example, we have a 25-year partnership with Shapla Primary School in Tower Hamlets. Every week, a team of people from Clifford Chance attend and support the children in literacy and numeracy. To date, over 1,500 children have been partnered and given support.

Reinforcing the firm's commitment to education, we also offer mentoring opportunities to students from many local schools. The central aim of mentoring is to support and guide students as they learn about the world of work. This means aiming to increase the self-confidence of the student and to broaden their horizons and realise their potential.

For mentors, it's an opportunity to put to good use life and career experiences. Mentors become an important part in students' lives and can potentially make real changes in the local community.

The Clifford Chance Foundation

Since 2008, the Clifford Chance Foundation has provided a focused and coordinated approach to our charitable giving. We provide funds at a global and local level to international and community charities covering long-term commitments and one-off payments.

Of the Foundation's annual budget of £1.2 million, £700,000 supports the development of projects by our global strategic pro bono and community outreach NGO clients, such as War Child and Reprieve, and funds our disaster relief support and our annual Access to Justice Award.

 

The remainder is distributed by each of our offices and helps numerous projects annually. Donations are made to a wide range of charitable organisations.

Responsible business

Our Responsible Business strategy is integral to our firm strategy. It guides how we conduct our core business, how we develop and support our people, and how we foster closer collaboration with our clients.

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