Social inclusion is the driving force for our global and local community investment program. Our projects focus on education, raising aspirations and building the skills and employability of socially excluded groups and individuals in the communities where we work.
The legal profession can be seen as elitist and out of reach. Many of our initiatives challenge this stereotype and encourage more people to consider a career in law. We also try to show that there is more to a law firm than the lawyers; that law firms offer many other rewarding career options for ambitious people.
Through our community investment activities, we encourage young people from less privileged backgrounds to aim high when it comes to their academic achievements, further education options and career choices; and we help them to achieve their goals.
Program partnerships with the Legal Outreach Program, the National Academy Foundation and the International Rescue Committee's Leaders in Training Youth Program provide high school students a taste of life at an international law firm and of the diverse career opportunities available.
We support other vulnerable groups, such as homeless and underprivileged people, by working with community food pantries and soup kitchens in New York and Washington and regularly conducting food and toy drives at our offices.
We encourage everyone at the firm to participate in at least one volunteering activity a year. Aside from the positive impact on local communities, volunteering is a great way to make friends in the office and have fun while doing something worthwhile. It is also an excellent opportunity for participants to develop their skills and experience.
Through our matched giving program, we support our people wishing to fundraise or donate to specific charities. We also actively solicit suggestions from our people regarding new volunteering activities and partner organizations.
Read our 2014 Responsible Business Report to find out more.