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

Managing responsible business

Governance
Edward Braham, Freshfields’ Senior Partner, drives our responsible business activities. He is advised by two bodies:

Human rights
We have been a supporter of the United Nations Global Compact since 2009 and have committed to embrace, support and enact, within our sphere of influence, a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption.

We work closely with our clients on human rights issues, helping them to integrate the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into their business relationships. For more information, read our global business and human rights blog.

Environmental management
We aim to minimise our environmental impact through a combination of management approaches and offsetting. For more details, read our environment page.

Responsible procurement
To manage the ethical, social and environmental impact of our supply chain, we have both a global procurement policy and responsible business procurement guidelines. These are informed by the principles of the UN Global Compact and outline what we expect from our suppliers.

To date more than 30 of our employees with procurement responsibilities have been trained in responsible procurement. We also have a responsible procurement questionnaire that we ask our suppliers to complete. The procurement process applies to everyone working on behalf of the firm (including all partners, staff and contractors) with responsibility for buying goods and services from third-party suppliers. It covers all our offices and projects, but in some cases there may be local variations to take account of different market requirements.

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