The Legal 500 has published its first ever Legal 500 Global Green Guide, which showcases the firms with an outstanding contribution to the green transition. Garrigues is one of the three Spanish firms selected from 200 submissions for the list.
The Spanish Federation of Food Banks (FESBAL) honored Garrigues with the 2020 Espiga de Oro award for Commitment at an event held at CaixaForum in Madrid, which was presided over by Luis Planas, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Garrigues’ executive chairman Fernando Vives collected the award from FESBAL President Pedro Llorca.
Sustainability, as the only way to ensure the future of organizations, is one of Garrigues’ strategic pillars, on two fronts: as a tax and law firm, we help our clients address sustainability-related challenges and opportunities in the broadest sense. As an organization, we are firmly committed to ESG principles in the pursuit of our activity.
The Garrigues office in México has, for the sixth consecutive year, received the Empresa Socialmente Responsable (ESR® 2021) award granted by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía or Cemefi) and the Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility (Alianza por la Responsabilidad Social Empresarial or AliaRSE) to enterprises that comply satisfactorily with the standards established in the areas of corporate social responsibility.
Garrigues has joined other participants in the United Nations Global Compact - the largest business sustainability initiative worldwide - in supporting the Climate Ambition Accelerator. Using science-based targets, the program will enable emissions to be halved by 2030 and net-zero emissions to be achieved by 2050.
Garrigues is the only law firm listed in the new Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021 ranking produced by Financial Times, which names the 300 European companies demonstrating the greatest reduction in emissions over the period 2014 to 2019.
On International Data Protection Day, the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) honored Foundation 29 as one of the two recipients tying for the Award for Proactivity and Best Practices in comply with the General Data Protection Regulation and the Spanish Law on Personal Data Protection and the Safeguard of Digital Rights (Category A) for its project HealthData 29 Playbook, a guide to creating a public data repository of health systems, in which Garrigues advised.
‘Becoming Net Zero’, Garrigues’ initiative for energy efficiency and sustainability, has been chosen by Comunidad #PorElClima to form part of the 101 examples of actions implemented by businesses to combat the climate emergency. Comunidad #PorElClima is a multi-stakeholder alliance focused on implementing the Paris Agreement in Spain and recognizing the commitment and ambition by Spanish companies to bring about climate change. In this, the third edition, 62 large companies and 39 small and medium-sized companies from over 20 different business sectors have been chosen. Garrigues is the only law firm singled out in the legal sector.
Universidad Pontificia Comillas and Garrigues have signed an agreement to create the Garrigues-ICADE LegalTech Observatory. This new observatory, which will form part of the Faculty of Law of Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Comillas ICADE), through the Center for Innovation in Law (CID-ICADE), is a project that was created with a view to having an impact on the legal, corporate and academic world and to encouraging the study and dissemination of the interconnection between law and technology.
Garrigues was one of the biggest winners at the fifth edition of the Expansión Legal Awards for Excellence in Business Law Practice, hosted by the daily financial newspaper Expansión. The firm received four awards: Best firm in the Digital Economy sector, Most innovative project, Best Pro Bono initiative and Best transaction.