Shearman & Sterling strives to be socially, economically and environmentally conscious. The firm actively seeks ways to integrate corporate social responsibility into its business decisions. These efforts encompass social impact work through philanthropic initiatives, the management of our environmental footprint and our award-winning pro bono program. We continuously reappraise processes, making adjustments that reaffirm our dedication to creating a positive impact for both local and global communities.
Pro bono and community work is an essential component of our firm’s culture and is inextricably linked to our values. With our commitment anchored by a dedicated program, we aim to give back to many and various communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.
Collectively, we align our efforts with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which aim to eliminate hunger, promote quality education, achieve gender equality, reduce inequality and combat climate change all while advocating for peace, justice and institutional strength.
Globally, we contribute volunteer time, funds, and supplies for causes that include environmental improvement, health and medical conditions, food and hunger programs, research and education initiatives, as well as emergency and disaster relief agencies. We provide financial and in-kind support to nonprofit organizations that support our volunteerism and pro bono efforts. In 2021, our employees dedicated thousands of hours to these organizations, reaching over 4,000 people through volunteering, fundraising and collecting goods through charitable drives.
Some recent examples of our efforts include:
Partnering with local organizations such as Food Bank for New York City, Capital Area Food Bank, Houston Food Bank, First Love Foundation and Emirates Red Crescent, among others, our employees have collected food, raised money and distributed meals to those facing food insecurity.
Through education partnerships in New York, London, Washington D.C. and Singapore, we’ve supported quality education through volunteer mentoring, job shadowing, skills workshops, school supply drives and career days.
Working with Wine to Water, we’ve connected with people in some of the hardest-to-reach places on the planet to help supply direct access to clean water through the Filter Build project. Additionally, we’ve worked with Clean the World, distributing thousands of hygiene kits to those who need them.
Through our work with nonprofit organizations, we’ve made significant strides in addressing poverty through the collection of goods, providing coats during the winter, professional clothes for interviews, holiday gifts, and necessities such as socks, healthy snacks and hygiene supplies. Our volunteer initiatives—which include interview preparation, financial literacy workshops, and voter information—seek to eliminate the inequalities that underserved communities often face.
Participating in local walks, runs and cycling events, our employees are active in promoting good health habits across the globe. We’ve raised money for vital causes that bolster cancer research, assisted survivors of domestic violence, provide disability services and promote racial justice. We also understand the need for quality mental health. To address this growing issue, we’ve supported the isolated and elderly through our telephone befriending program.
We are committed to protecting the environment and raising awareness around environmental issues through several green initiatives and special events held throughout the year. We operate and enforce an environmental awareness and responsibility program to ensure that our suppliers and contractors are aligned with our commitment to environmental responsibility and team diversity. To reduce our carbon footprint, we frequently engage and review our policies and practices in partnership with our landlords and building management, engineers, and other specialists. We carefully implement eco-friendly initiatives including waste reduction, upcycling, recycling, data gathering and the expanded use of sensor technology.
We give preference to diverse suppliers and service providers who mandate the carbon reduction of their processes, manufacturing, transport planning and general specification of products used for and by the firm.
In addition to reporting to the Carbon Disclosure Project, we are founding members of the Net Zero Lawyers’ Alliance Initiative, a network of law firms and legal teams committed to accelerating the transition to net zero emissions by 2050. We are also members of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations and the Law Firm Sustainability Network.
Shearman & Sterling works with and contributes to a wide array of nonprofit and charitable organizations that support law-related organizations as well as organizations that support the firm’s pro bono, corporate social responsibility, and diversity and inclusion programs. We do not accept contributions or direct solicitations for support.