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Garrigues releases its fourth annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report

07/23/2010

Garrigues has published its fourth annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, covering the 2009 financial year. The publication offers a precise reflection of the economic, social and environmental situation of the Firm, the strategic goal of which is to ensure sustainable business growth and foster transparency of information for all of its stakeholders.

Garrigues has published its fourth annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, covering the 2009 financial year (Download)Abre ventana nueva. The publication offers a precise reflection of the economic, social and environmental situation of the Firm, the strategic goal of which is to ensure sustainable business growth and foster transparency of information for all of its stakeholders.

This year’s new developments lie essentially in the social and environmental areas. The CSR09 Report takes a closer look at a task of key value to the Firm: pro bono work, providing tax and legal advisory services free of charge for not-for-profit organizations and entities. It also includes expanded information on the policy of scholarships and awards for young jurists, legal research and corporate outreach initiatives.

On the environmental front, the Report highlights the consolidation of Garrigues’ Eco-efficiency Plan, detailing the challenges met, such as the environmental clauses introduced into service contracts with suppliers, and launching the goals set for the year in progress, e.g., the elimination of plastic bottles throughout the Firm’s office network.

The CSR09 Report will only be distributed in electronic format (it will not be printed) and may be consulted on a permanent basis in the Corporate Social Responsibility section of Garrigues' website, where previous editions can also be accessed.

The CSR09 Report will be available in Spanish and English and will also shortly be published in Portuguese. From the outset, this report has been externally assured by AENOR, which has once again classified it at the most exacting of all application levels (A+), in line with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

The collaboration of all of the Firm’s departments has been necessary in preparing the Report, as has that of Fundación Garrigues and Centro de Estudios Garrigues. The number of consultations with clients has also been stepped up with a view to obtaining reliable feedback on the services offered by the Firm. 

In Spain, the preparation of a CSR Report by a law firm is by no means a widespread practice. Garrigues was, and continues to be, the first Spanish law firm to publish a report of this nature, and is one of only a handful to do so worldwide.

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