We are pleased to present our Corporate Social Responsibility Report for the 2011 fiscal year, which focuses on Garrigues’ triple bottom line: economic, social and environmental. It has now been six years since the firm first promised to keep this annual date with its stakeholders and, for those of us at the
helm, it makes us proud to keep to our word once again.
From an economic angle, Garrigues’ combined revenues in 2011 hit the €368.9 million-mark, a slight increase (0.7%) on 2010 and up by more than 17.2% on 2008.
On the social front, we continued with our policy of awards and scholarships and furthering the training of young lawyers (with the creation of two new university chairs), our legal research, corporate outreach initiatives and pro bono work, to provide free tax and legal services to not-for-profit organizations and entities.
In the environmental arena, embedded in all the firm’s activities is our Eco-Efficiency Program, an array of environmental awareness-raising and action initiatives and procedures which is proving to be another area in which we are becoming more efficient with each passing year.
Elsewhere, we have continued with our efforts to comply with and improve on the principles of the United Nations Global Compact.
Looking on the bright side, above and beyond specific results, we believe that every crisis brings opportunities and that we must therefore be constantly on the lookout to identify them. It is our belief that this crisis will enable us to emerge stronger, more secure, and better prepared. To this end, more so
than ever, we are falling back on our values and principles, while strengthening even further, if possible, the commitments that have always formed the bedrock of the way we work.
The first of these commitments is to our clients. Today, more than ever, they and the quality of the services they receive lie at the heart of all our professional activities.
The second, no less important, is to our people and the need to secure their futures. We will not stop investing in their ongoing training and in modernizing and innovating in our technology to make for greater efficiency in their work.
We believe an optimistic outlook is the cornerstone of positive management. And it is in that spirit, an integral part of our corporate DNA, that we will continue to work.
It goes without saying that we are grateful to all those who have placed and continue to place their trust in Garrigues, who share our vision and who are willing to work side by side with us towards an ever more sustainable future.