For me, ‘responsible business’ is shorthand for the way we should work
if we want the firm to be successful over the long term.

What Article 1 means to me Edward Braham

It is fundamental to delivering on our commitment to leave the firm in better shape than when we joined it.

There are many aspects to running our business in a responsible and sustainable way, some of which affect how we operate within the firm, others which focus on what we do to contribute to our communities.

There are also of course increasing expectations placed on us by society, our clients and all who work at the firm. Some of our most valuable contributions have come from working side by side with clients who share our responsible business goals.

In the Our impact section you can read how some of the leading organisations we work with are making a real difference across the world by challenging discrimination, delivering access to education and the legal profession, offering routes to work and standing up for those whose rights are not protected.

We have also asked some of the people we work with to reflect on Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an ideal that we have adopted as the guiding principle of our responsible business strategy.

In this section you will find contributions from Nobel Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus on the importance of social business in alleviating poverty; Alison Pickup of the Asylum Support Appeals Project and Kyle Williams from Goldman Sachs on human dignity; Jonathan Cooper, OBE, formerly of the Human Dignity Trust, commenting from an LGBT perspective; and Sir Ian Cheshire, Debenhams Chair and former CEO of Kingfisher, on the importance of Article 1 in a business context.

‘I have found these stories thought-provoking and inspiring – I hope you do too.’

Edward Braham is the senior partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

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