DLA Piper is pleased to announce that it has joined the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA). The WBA supports businesses in their commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by developing free, publicly available benchmarks to measure progress.
“It is truly an honor to be the first law firm to be welcomed into the WBA Allies community and to formally align our firm’s work around the world with the SDGs. DLA Piper works every day on issues that are at the heart of business and civil society concerns, and our WBA membership is a natural extension of that global commitment,” said Rick Chesley, DLA’s US Managing Partner Piper. “We look forward to serving as the voice of the legal sector within the WBA and helping the Alliance better understand the legal challenges the private sector faces in meeting the challenge of the SDGs.”
The SDGs provide a framework to tackle the most pressing global issues, such as poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, education and access to justice. Benchmarks help companies understand and compare their performance against the achievement of the SDGs and motivate them to achieve the SDGs.
As an ally of the WBA, DLA Piper pledges its commitment to the WBA’s mission by working globally, regionally and locally to shape and direct the contributions of the private sector and legal industry towards achieving the SDGs.
DLA Piper’s customers include many of the world’s largest companies, from multinational corporations to the most innovative startups, and more than half of the Fortune 250. The company’s work with these customers therefore represents its greatest opportunity for bring about positive social change. DLA Piper is committed to helping its attorneys understand how its clients across industries engage with sustainability issues to help them understand and avoid the legal risks they encounter on their path to sustainable operations. By prioritizing sustainability and environmental, social and governance as a key driver of value, DLA Piper meets its business customers where they are and anticipates where they are going.
“We are delighted to welcome DLA Piper as the first law firm to join the Alliance. We look forward to working together and exploring how we can inspire the legal industry and its corporate clients to achieve the SDGs. We also want to leverage DLA Piper’s unique global insights and find synergies for our research and business engagement,” said Pauliina Murphy, Director of Engagement at the World Benchmarking Alliance.
DLA Piper also has a strong track record of engaging with community partners to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. The firm’s extensive pro bono work encompasses efforts in the United States and around the world to promote the rule of law and civil society. Its attorneys work on a variety of projects and programs, including protecting vulnerable asylum seekers during the pandemic; partner with food banks to fight local, national and global hunger; and the defense of children involved in justice, among others. The partnership with the WBA provides a new opportunity for DLA Piper to advance the interests of justice and progress around the world.