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Responsible business

We are a law firm that aims to make a difference - to our clients, our people and the communities in which we live and work.

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.

In addressing our impacts on people and the planet, we work with and are members of a number of external organisations. Explore our extensive range of certifications and affiliations here.

Our intention is always to do the right thing and proactively take responsibility for our impact on people and the planet.

Key focus areas

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Diversity, equity and inclusion

We are building a diverse and inclusive firm where all our people can thrive at work.
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Social impact

Our ‘Thrive together’ strategy is delivering tangible impacts to our communities.
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We are working to improve our environmental performance, underpinned by our emissions reductions targets.
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Responsible business reporting

Download and read our responsible business reports, where we outline our goals, progress and actions we are taking as a firm.

Responsible business report 2022-2023

In this report, we share our commitments, targets, and progress against the five SDGs we have been addressing as priorities for our firm.

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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:

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Goal 3 - good health and wellbeing

To promote and enable positive mental health and well-being for our people and identify engagement activities within our local communities.
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Goal 4 - quality education

To create education, learning and development opportunities within Kennedys.
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Goal 10 - reduced inequalities

To reduce inequality across our business, creating equal opportunities for all.
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Goal 13 - climate action

To tackle climate change and aspire to become net zero.
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Goal 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions

To develop a co-ordinated, targeted and impactful pro bono programme.

Taking action for the Sustainable Development Goals at Kennedys

Kennedys is proud to be a member of the UN Global Compact Network in the UK.

Key contacts

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.

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. 

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