Our three-year responsible business plan, launched in 2023, sets out how we will adapt to our changing world and integrate responsible business throughout our firm: from how we make decisions, to how we build an inclusive culture, decarbonise our operations and support our people to thrive at work.
We are also leveraging the power of partnerships and contributing to solving shared challenges with our clients, suppliers and community partners.
Our intention is always to do the right thing and proactively take responsibility for our impact on people and the planet.
Key focus area
Diversity, equity and inclusion
Our commitments to responsible business
In 2020, we joined the United Nations Global Compact and committed to ensuring that the Ten Principles across human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption are incorporated into our firm. We are also using the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework, an internationally recognised plan that aims to address global issues of poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
Our Board identified five priority SDGs, which we used to formulate a set of goals for our 2020-2023 strategy. These are:
Goal 3 - good health and wellbeing
Goal 4 - quality education
Goal 10 - reduced inequalities
Goal 13 - climate action
Goal 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions
Taking action for the Sustainable Development Goals at Kennedys
Responsible business reporting
Download and read our responsible business reports, where we outline our goals, progress and actions we are taking as a firm.
Latest news and updates
Kennedys is proud to be a member of the UN Global Compact Network in the UK.
Kate is Kennedys global head of responsible business. She sets the responsible business strategy with the aim of integrating responsible business into the firm’s operations.
Ben is Head of Kennedys’ Corporate and Commercial Division and a member of the firm’s Global Board. He is also the Global Board Sustainability sponsor.
Sarah-Jane Dobson is a partner in the London office.
"Taking on the role of pro bono partner champion at Kennedys is important to me because I believe undertaking pro bono legal work provides lawyers, new and well-established, the best of both worlds – the opportunity to further a cause they care about alongside people they care about."
Michelle is Kennedys’ Senior Social Impact Manager and oversees our global social impact programme. Michelle supports our efforts to tackle social and environmental challenges by using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework and integrate the SDGs into global and local initiatives.
Marianne joined Kennedys in 2021 as our Senior Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager, and manages our DE&I programmes and initiatives around the world.
Olivia is Kennedys' Sustainability & Environmental Manager. She overseas the measurement of Kennedys' annual carbon footprint and implements initiatives which aim to drive down the firms global emissions.