We support a number of charities through fundraising activities, or simply by making a donation. Most of these fundraising activities are local to our offices, but every 18 months, we organize a global charitable initiative which is led by each one of our regions on a rotating basis, and supported by colleagues all over the world. We seek to work with organizations whose global capabilities match our own, offering all colleagues the opportunity to engage, and whose vision resonates with our own focus - to support disabled and disadvantaged people, and bring about social justice.
Our global charitable initiatives have included:
#HoustonStrong – on August 31, 2017 we held a global dress down day in support of those who had been affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Nelson Mandela Foundation (2017- to date) - a resource on the life and times of Nelson Mandela, and to promote sustainable solutions to critical social problems – shelter, education, literacy, food and security. Following the success of our campaign with Special Olympics, we have again set ourselves a target of raising US$250,000.
Special Olympics (2015-2016) – the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. We achieved our fundraising target of US$250,000, through numerous global and local activities.
The National MS Society – a US-based organization with networks all over the world, helping people affected by multiple sclerosis. Through our long-established participation in the BP MS 150, with a global team of riders, we have won numerous awards, including Rookie Team of the Year, Second Highest Fundraising Average per Rider, and Top 25 Fundraising Team.
Movember - each year, people in our offices around the world grow moustaches to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, supported by our Mo Sistas.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust (2012-2014) – a charity whose mission is to integrate people of all physical abilities through the challenge and adventure of tall ship sailing. The Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge two-year voyage won us Global CSR Initiative Of The Year at The American Lawyer Global Legal Awards 2013.
Defeat the heat: a community in crisis
In May 2016, a wildfire tore through Fort McMurray, destroying neighborhoods and threatening the entire municipality of Wood Buffalo in Canada. Upwards of 80,000 people were forced to flee through smoke and fire to reach safety.
To show our support for friends, family members and clients in Fort McMurray, we coordinated a grassroots fundraising campaign from our Calgary office. In total, we donated more than C$45,000 to the Canadian Red Cross, comprising C$30,000 in corporate donations from our firm and C$15,000 raised through donations and round the world sales of our locally designed ‘Defeat the Heat’ T-shirts. Our people across Canada also pitched in and helped out in their own ways, including individual donations to the Canadian Red Cross, amounting to more than C$20,000.
Alongside our efforts, the Calgary legal community came together to donate more than C$500,000 to support the Canadian Red Cross in its work.
Europe, Middle East and Asia
Byte Night team raises more than £680,000 for Action for Children
We began taking part in Byte Night, the IT industry’s annual outdoor sleep-out in aid of Action for Children, in 2008. Each year, our London colleagues spend a night exposed to the elements outside to experience a little of what thousands of people feel every night when they have no bed to go home to, many of them vulnerable children and young people.
In 2016, our team of 30, raised more than £126,000 for Action for Children through our participation, and fundraising activities. We are proud that our donations contributed nearly a quarter of the London total for Byte Night, and around 12.5 percent of the national total raised by Byte Night.
In the eight years that we have participated in Byte Night, we have raised more than £680,000 to help Action for Children fight youth homelessness and neglect.