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Responsible business: the gift of giving

…[L]eading firms are also starting to treat their pro bono work and social responsibility projects less as charity and increasingly approaching them strategically. The areas they are tackling vary widely, from affordable housing to diversity, immigration issues and civil liberties. Education is a focus for many firms. Some firms – particularly those with global operations – have developed international programmes in partnership with non-governmental organisations and overseas charities…Some are collaborating with clients. Moreover, while programmes often tackle specific issues or geographies, some firms are using them to bring about broader change in the legal sector and society. In their charitable work, lawyers are also increasingly acting as brokers – bringing together clients, non-profit and government organisations to work on an issue...In Nepal, Baker & McKenzie has worked with in-house lawyers and volunteers at companies including Google, Accenture, Caterpillar, Merck and Vodafone to tackle issues such as bonded labour, exploitation of women in the workplace, discrimination, education and literacy. [also refers to Jones Day, Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, DLA Piper, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Verizon]