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Hogan Lovells Successfully Renews the CommunityMark, Recognising its Excellence in Community Investment

03 June 2015

LONDON, 03 June 2015

  • Business in the Community’s Community Mark it the UK’s national standard for excellence in community investment.
  • Only 36 companies currently hold this sought after standard.
  • Hogan Lovells was applauded for its clear embedding of community work into business practice.   64% of employees in the London office are engaged in the programme and the firm has linked this to staff development through the appraisal process. The firm's programmes benefit from clear objectives and targets, and the social enterprise practice is very strong, well-managed, with impressive data and a clear plan for the future.
  • Hogan Lovells joins a group of leading businesses who collectively invested over £2.6 billion in UK communities in 2014.
    Hogan Lovells has successfully renewed the CommunityMark, the UK’s national standard for leadership and excellence in community investment, run by Business in the Community, HRH The Prince of Wales’s responsible business network. 

CommunityMark recognises businesses that are leading the way in supporting local communities. The sought after standard is given to companies who put community at the heart of their business. CommunityMark holders prioritise the most pressing issues in their communities, and make a measurable difference across different areas of responsible business: from helping disadvantaged people into employment and supporting social enterprises to compete for business, to building long term partnerships with schools.

The CommunityMark is difficult to achieve, the rigorous assessment process is designed so that only the best companies get it. Hogan Lovells was awarded the CommunityMark in 2011. They remain part of a leading group of 36 businesses who have collectively invested over £2.6 billion in their communities in 2014 and are engaging almost 2 in 3 employees in community programmes.

Hogan Lovells continues to be recognised for its work:

  • within the EC1 postcode area, in which its London operations are based
  • empowering women and girls
  • with social entrepreneurs
  • around in education and underemployment in socially excluded groups
  • challenging discrimination against the disabled

Crispin Rapinet, Co-Chair of the Hogan Lovells Citizenship Panel, said:

"Hogan Lovells has a proud tradition of pro bono, community and fundraising work, and we are delighted that this has been recognised again by Business in the Community

"We anticipate that our global Citizenship Policy, launched earlier this year and setting an expectation that everyone within the firm commit 25 hours per year to Citizenship activities, will continue to build on the impressive body of work we already undertake

"And we hope that our impact-focussed programme which puts our community clients at its centre will continue to make a real difference to the lives of those we work with"

Hogan Lovells will be presented with the CommunityMark at Business in the Community’s National Gala Dinner, supported by the 2014 Responsible Business of the Year National Grid, on 7 July 2015.

Commenting, Stephen Howard, Business in the Community’s Chief Executive said:

I congratulate Hogan Lovells for continuing to be part of the exclusive network of CommunityMark companies today. Business has a vital role to help create vibrant and prosperous communities. CommunityMark holders are at the heart of this movement, demonstrating an impressive commitment to identifying and responding to social needs.

"Crucially, these companies understand that excellence in community investment not only has a positive and valuable impact on society, but also creates real business benefits, and Hogan Lovells continues to demonstrate this. We hope their example will inspire many more businesses to put responsible behaviour at the heart of how they do business.”

For further information about the CommunityMark, including the full list of achievers and their case studies, visit www.bitc.org.uk/communitymark


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