Community and environment
We have always believed that it is important to be committed to public interest services and we encourage our staff to engage in our corporate social responsibility programme.
Our firm is regularly involved in a range of pro bono work, providing free legal services to non-profit organisations and individuals in need. As lawyers, we believe this part of our activity to be ethically important and to be fundamental to the integrity of the profession and the judicial system. In the emerging sector of microfinance – where Luxembourg has developed into a premier player – we regularly provide our services either on a purely pro bono basis or at very significantly reduced rates.
In particular we have been offering services to :
At the beginning of 2010 we entered into a long-term partnership with Croix-Rouge luxembourgeoise. Through this collaboration, the firm’s charity fundraising, pro bono work and volunteering efforts come together. Not only do we support the Luxembourg Red Cross financially, but we also give them moral and personal support in their various projects and events. Participating in the Croix-Rouge’s annual “Quinzaine du Don”, collecting material for refugees, organising internal fundraising events or promoting blood donation are just some of the projects in which the entire staff is involved and where we endeavour to improve the lives of vulnerable people.
Established in Bangladesh in 1998, "Friendship" is a value-based organisation, which identifies and reaches the poorest of the poor and the most marginalised communities in Bangladesh. Friendship's primary mission is to help the destitute population of the Nomad Islands (the Chars) located on the Brahmaputra, and to bring emergency relief and rehabilitation to disaster-stricken areas of the country. It acts primarily in the areas of health, education, economic development and emergency assistance. There is also an important cultural preservation dimension to its commitment. Our financial support to Friendship is more particularly designated to co-fund an integrated development project (health, education, vocational training and income generation) in 6 Nomad Islands located on the Brahmaputra in the Northern districts of Bangladesh.
Since the beginning of 2010 we have been actively supporting Fair Trade by offering certified fair-trade coffee, sugar, chocolate and orange juice for consumption on our premises and organising promotional events on a regular basis.
We have established an environmental management programme and have strengthened initiatives to encourage recycling and the use of environmentally friendly products. To this end, we exclusively use recycled FSC paper and, as far as possible, promote black and double-sided printing by default. For all our office supplies we choose “green” products, i.e. re-usable products and products made of recycled and/or recyclable materials whenever these are available. Moreover, we ensure that waste is properly separated. We were awarded the "SuperDrecksKëscht fir Betriber" label in 2011.