Corporate social responsibility

Corporate social responsibility

Kennedys is committed to creating a healthy, equitable and sustainable future for our people, our clients and our planet. 

In 2020, we undertook a review of our CSR and sustainability policies and how we optimise these and challenge ourselves to improve upon our global programmes. 

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In September 2015, all United Nations member states adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs set a global agenda for overcoming poverty, protecting the planet, and promoting peace and prosperity.

In 2020 Kennedys signed a Letter of Commitment to align our CSR and sustainability objectives to the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles framework. 

Kennedys has prioritised five of the 17 SDGs that we feel are most relevant to our business and have set commitments and targets to work towards achieving these.

Our CSR commitments have been developed in alignment with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals which are central to our strategy.  A summary of our commitments aligned to our five priority SDGs are set out below. 

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    Goal 3 - good health and wellbeing

    Promote and enable positive mental health and wellbeing for our people and identify engagement activities within our local communities.

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    Goal 4 - quality education

    Create education, learning and development opportunities within Kennedys and our communities.

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    Goal 10 - reduced inequalities

    Reduce inequality across our business, creating equal opportunities for all.

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    Goal 13 - climate action

    Tackle climate change and aspire to become net zero.

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    Goal 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions

    Develop a coordinated, targeted and impactful pro bono programme.

Download our first annual sustainability report and explore our commitments and targets aligned to where we feel Kennedys can make the greatest contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sustainability report 2021 (PDF, 8,78 MB)

Asia Pacific

Australia

In Australia, we’re proud to be supporting #GiveTheWorldAShot by supporting UNICEF's VaccinAid appeal. For every staff member in Australia who has their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, our team has committed to donating ten COVID-19 vaccines for health workers, teachers or vulnerable people around the world. UNICEF's mission is to deliver 2bn vaccines, 5.6m tests and 5.5m treatments globally in a year. Kennedys Australia’s CSR Partner Emily Schneider launched this initiative at the beginning of September to mark the UN’s International Day of Charity and because “no one can do everything, but everyone can do something.”

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, our team recently hosted a virtual gathering with the Hong Chi Association (Oi Tung Hostel) to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with Hong Chi residents.  Despite not being able to visit the residents in person, everyone enjoyed various activities including singing and dancing virtually.   The office also invited the farmers of AuLaw Organic Farm to our Hong Kong office. The farmers shared their knowledge of organic and sustainable farming, recommended some healthy recipes and set up a pop-up stall so that our staff could purchase their freshly harvested produce. Our people learnt how organic farming can help the environment by reducing the carbon footprint whilst giving us fresher produce without the use of pesticides or chemicals.

EMEA

Denmark

Our Danish team has entered into agreements to aid with legal support with two Danish NGO's (Non-Governmental Organisations), who are working extremely hard to help young people who are mentally challenged or are in temporary situations where their mental health is at stake, as well as women and children who are victims of abuse - both physical or psychological.

Spain

Our team in Madrid has signed a collaboration agreement with Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE) through its Legal Clinic programme. ​​​​​​​ICADE Legal Clinic is a pro bono programme where students from the university voluntarily participate in different projects with NGOs. At least once a month, our lawyers meet with students to review the current status of their cases along with taking part in weekly follow-up calls. More recently, an Associate has pioneered a new program with the Association of Young Professionals in Insurance which is dedicated to addressing the youth unemployment crisis in Spain.  Beginning in November, young people will be introduced to this new and innovative Insurance Leadership Program which aims to develop their skills around how to seek specific roles within the insurance sector and also offered practical advice on how to carry out job searches.

Latin America

Our Mexico office recently banded together to participate in a 21 kilometre hike called ‘Ruta Aire’.The purpose of this event was to promote greater environmental responsibility in the office and help our people reconnect with nature. The team planted trees as part of a reforestation initiative, engaged in forms of artistic expression and meditation, among other activities.

North America

Kennedys in the USA has continued its partnership with St John’s University Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science in NYC by offering graduate scholarships for students over the next four years. Scholarships are available to students who identify as part of an underrepresented group, including first generation college students. This forms part of a wider Kennedys initiative to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce in the insurance industry.

United Kingdom

Earlier in 2021, Kennedys became a founding signatory of the Greener Litigation Pledge, a commitment to reduce the environmental impact of dispute resolution. Greener Litigation, launched by Mishcon de Reya, is a collective of solicitors' firms, barristers' chambers and other disputes professionals actively committed to reducing the environmental impact of dispute resolution and litigation conducted in the courts of England and Wales. The Pledge is the first act of the Greener Litigation Project, which aims to reduce the carbon footprint of court disputes in line with the objective of restricting global warming to 1.5°C as set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Across our other priority SDGs, initiatives in the UK include participating in the London, Cambridge and Chelmsford Legal Walks; London-based food bank donation drive for the Trussell Trust, together with a clothes appeal for Suited and Booted and Dress for Success - both charities help vulnerable people into employment by providing interview clothing and advice. Elsewhere, we are establishing a reading scheme with ‘Bookmark’ in Sheffield; we are taking part in the UK-wide Run 60 miles for Cancer Research as well as hosting a Macmillan ‘welcome back to work’ event in Birmingham.  Additionally, our Taunton office is partnering with the Somerset Wildlife Trust and some great eco-activities are being planned for 2021/22.  Since 2019, we have supported the Rainbow Trust and this relationship is set to continue in 2021.  Conservation is an important topic for our lawyers, and building on the success of the Vaquita Hackathon, our next hackathon will focus on biodiversity.