Hogan Lovells International LLP - The Sustainable Development Programme

The Unilever Global Development Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty, Shortlisted, 2016

Hogan Lovells International LLP partners with NGOs to tackle global development issues through its Sustainable Development Programme, which helps boost its brand recognition and client base.

Good for society

  • Through their Sustainable Development Programme Hogan Lovells has made a positive impact on the lives of 50,000 people.
  • For example, the programme established health centres in Monrovia, Liberia, at which 16,511 children have been screened and treated for acute malnutrition.

Good for business

  • Hogan Lovells' Sustainable Development Programme laid the foundation for the creation of two additional legal practice groups: the Social Enterprise and Business and Human Rights practices
  • The company also increased its brand recognition among potential commercial and NGO clients, and deepened its existing client relationships.

hogan lovells logoHogan Lovells' Sustainable Development Programme (SDP) tackles global development issues in partnership with key stakeholders in international development. Through the SDP, Hogan Lovells has addressed hunger and malnutrition, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, and disease.

Hogan Lovells' staff choose one NGO partner and a development goal to work towards by popular vote.

The partner and goal are supported with:

  • Free legal advice

  • Global, local, and personal fundraising campaigns, with donations being matched by the firm

  • Client fundraising events and joint pro bono work.

Overall, through the SDP, Hogan Lovells has worked with five global NGO partners in 15 countries, supporting 50,000 beneficiaries.

These projects include:

  • Lendwithcare expanded its work into Northern Vietnam as a result of pro bono advice valued at £100,000, reaching 3,000 additional female beneficiaries.

  • 1,920 female entrepreneurs in 11 developing countries received microloans, benefitting an additional 7,680 family members and creating 480 jobs in local communities.

  • 19 health centres were opened in Monrovia, Liberia, allowing 16,511 children to be screened and treated for acute malnutrition.

Hogan Lovells' SDP has increased brand recognition among potential clients, and laid the foundation for two new legal practice groups: the Social Enterprise and Business and Human Rights practices.

What Hogan Lovells' CEO said:

“We don’t operate in isolation. Global issues affect us all. We have a responsibility to work with other businesses, governments, and non-governmental organisations to address global issues like poverty, hunger, and gender equality. We’ve taken a responsibility to promote development through our Sustainable Development programme since 2010. We use the Millennium Development Goals to guide our financial and pro bono support to make sure that our greatest resource, the skills of our people, are put to good use for the benefit of true sustainable development.” - Steve Immelt, CEO, Hogan Lovells