Legal giant Clifford Chance has published its Responsible Business Report - it is a fine document.
In it, the global law firm - in recognition of the role it plays to its clients, staff and wider stakeholders - explains the responsibilities it holds, the risks it faces and the opportunities for the business .
The report echoes the reporting requirements many of its publicly quoted clients face.
It is far more than a PR exercise and the usual CSR guff many firms churn out.
The report clearly sets out the steps it will take in the coming year to live up to the claim that it is a responsible business. The firm can be held to account for its successes and failures.
The firm should be applauded.
A copy of the report can be found here - https://www.cliffordchance.com/content/dam/cliffordchance/About_us/Responsible-Business2016.pdf
Our Responsible Business strategy is integral to our firm strategy. It guides how we conduct our core business, how we develop and support our people, and how we foster closer collaboration with our clients. We believe that our licence to operate, the sustainability of our business and the achievement of our vision are dependent on our ability to inspire trust and earn the confidence of all our stakeholders – our clients, our people and civil society. To do this we must act responsibly, creating long-term value and supporting their future success. Therefore, our stakeholders are at the heart of our strategy.