Hogan Lovells Receives Prestigious CommunityMark from Business in the Community

LONDON, 2 December 2011 - Hogan Lovells has been awarded Business in the Community’s (BITC) coveted CommunityMark for its work with London communities in need of support and assistance.

Hogan Lovells' community investment programme includes:

  • part funding a Business Link Coordinator at St Luke's Community Centre to tackle the most pressing social issues within EC1
  • running an after-school debating club, Debate It!, in four local primary schools
  • participating in HRH Prince of Wales' Mosaic Network UK mentoring programme, which works with primary schools, secondary schools and young offenders to support and empower young Muslims
  • providing pro bono legal advice to ParalympicsGB
  • working alongside the Royal British Legion (RBL) to provide free representation to disabled RBL members and their families when appealing decisions by the Ministry of Defence on compensation and pensions
  • working with charities, Eaves Housing and Anti-Slavery International to combat the trafficking of women and children into the sex industry
  • working with Kalayaan, a charity looking after the needs of domestic workers who are brought into the UK, mostly legally, and then treated as slaves and often sexually and physically abused. Hogan Lovells works to get compensation for the workers from their employers through applications to the Employment Tribunal
  • giving London schools access to the law through the Ladder to Law programme, offering interactive workshops, open days, essay and a three-day work experience programme.

The CommunityMark is the UK’s only national standard that publicly recognises excellence in community investment. Open to companies in the UK of all sizes and sectors, the CommunityMark challenges companies to minimise their negative and maximise their positive impact on society through an assessment process that recognises milestones to achieving long term sustainable benefits to both business and the community. It is an independent, 360-degree, rigorous assessment process that defines innovators and leaders in community investment.

Hogan Lovells was announced as a recipient of the CommunityMark at the BITC AGM yesterday, Thursday 1 December, and will be presented with the award at a celebration ceremony in London in March 2012.

David Harris, Co-CEO of Hogan Lovells, said:

"We are delighted to receive this CommunityMark. Good Citizenship is one of Hogan Lovells' global business values and through our wide-ranging initiatives we have helped to improve the lives of countless individuals and their families.

Hogan Lovells has been working with our local communities for decades, and it is with this legacy already under our belts that we are delighted to receive the CommunityMark.  We are immensely proud of the results we have achieved and are looking forward to building on those achievements in the coming three years."

Yasmin Waljee OBE, Hogan Lovells' International Pro Bono and Community Investment Manager, commented:

"We have developed an integrated approach to our community and pro bono work which is based on a real understanding of the needs of communities and translating the resource we can deliver through our pro bono and community work into effective outcomes.   We are pleased that this approach has been endorsed through the award of the BiTC Community Mark."

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