Hogan Lovells Wins the Community Contribution Award in Japan
16 December 2015
Tokyo, DECEMBER 2015 – Hogan Lovells received the Community Contribution award at the annual British Business Awards, hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ), in recognition of the Tokyo office Citizenship Programme led by Tokyo partner Rika Beppu and Counsel Jacky Scanlan-Dyas. The awards ceremony took place at the Palace Hotel Tokyo on 13 November 2015.
The British Business Awards recognise social contributions made by organisations through their commitment to community, ethical behaviours and environmental sustainability.
Highlights of the Citizenship Programme in Japan include:
- Japan Para-Sports Association – providing pro bono legal advice in preparation of the Paralympics to be held in 2020;
- OGA for Aid – providing pro bono legal advice and back office support;
- Breaking Barriers programme – supporting the development of female in-house counsel, and providing them with skills that will enhance their performance in an international legal environment and further their advancement within the corporate structure. Since its launch in 2014, several of the regular attendees have been promoted;
- Vintage Kimonos – recycling kimonos to generate employment income for women in the Tohoku, a region previously devastated by the earthquakes and subsequent tsunami in 2011;
- Second Harvest – giving Christmas packages to those still living in shelters in the Tohoku region;
- Chikkyu no Gakkou – supporting a mobile library which lends books to children in the Tohoku region;
- Run for the Cure – raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research; and
- Around the World in Five Days campaign – fundraising for the firm's charity partner Lendwithcare, a poverty fighting charity organisation.
The Tokyo office plans to dedicate almost 2,000 volunteer hours annually to the projects above and others. Commenting on the recognition, Jacky Scanlan-Dyas said:
"The impact our initiative has already made in our community is thrilling, especially as this is the first time a law firm has set a target in which every member of the firm is to demonstrate exemplary Citizenship through dedicated volunteer hours. We hope to continue making a difference and bringing attention to issues that matter."
Hogan Lovells' ground-breaking Global Citizenship policy was first launched in 2015, where every member of the firm pledged to devote at least 25 hours a year to Citizenship activities. Activities could include anything from providing free legal advice to social enterprise to working with local schools. To track the process all members of the firm have been asked to record the time they spend on Citizenship activities.