Garrigues has always demonstrated a firm commitment to social responsibility, particularly through the provision of pro bono services. Under its pro bono program, the firm provides legal and tax advisory services free of charge to non-profit entities serving the public interest through charitable, welfare, cultural, civic, research and educational activities.
The program was set up in 2012 in order to formalize the pro bono activity and to provide the firm’s professionals with the tools to carry out this initiative.
The general coordination of the program lies with the Pro Bono Committee, made up of professionals from various offices and departments. The committee’s duties include approving new projects and ensuring compliance with the safeguards in place to guarantee the quality of the services provided.
In 2018, Garrigues provided pro bono legal advice to 65 non-profit entities (a 12% increase on the number of beneficiaries in 2017) on subjects as diverse as the formation of companies, bylaw amendments, contracts, recurring advice on commercial, tax and labor matters, advice on subsidies from public entities, advice on real estate matters, and integral advice to companies supporting enterprise. In a first in 2018, we also advised national and international non-profit entities on the defense of human rights.
Garrigues is also a founding trustee of the Spanish Pro Bono Foundation, created in collaboration with other law firms. The foundation promotes legal pro bono work and acts as a clearing house to facilitate free legal advice and assistance to entities or groups that, for economic or other reasons, have difficulties in accessing these services.
Garrigues’ pro bono program furthers achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Based on the number of hours dedicated to each non-profit under the program, the firm’s contribution to the SDGs in 2018 was primarily as follows: decent work and economic growth (Goal 8), good health and well-being (Goal 3), peace, justice and strong institutions (Goal 16) and zero hunger (Goal 2).