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Your Sustainable Ally

Our firms are committed to supporting our clients and our communities as true partners, focused on the needs of the future while meeting the needs of the moment.

Sustainability:

It's the future of law.

Our firms are committed to supporting our clients and our communities as true partners, focused on the needs of the future while meeting the needs of the moment.

We are passionate about access to justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), the health and wellness of our firms and communities, and protecting and restoring our environment.

We identify, adapt and adopt business practices that protect our environment and preserve natural resources.

We support leadership and educational initiatives that enable member firms to deliver consistent, high-quality service over the long term.

We work with governments, business leaders and NGOs to build strong, vibrant communities.

We provide collaborative counsel that helps clients achieve their business, compliance and dispute-resolution goals, now and in the future.

Sustainability in Action

See how our members are demonstrating their commitment to furthering their business and community relationships.

Charitable Contributions

Carsten Lutz proudly reports on Melchers’ support of children and adults with disabilities to participate in the German Special Olympics.

Creating a DEI Culture

Learn from Dave Pilotto about how Chicago-based Much has identified common values resulting in a variety of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at the firm.

Tutoring and Counseling

Cascione’s Denise Junqueira describes their program aimed at increasing underserved populations in the Brazilian workforce.

ESG Compliance

Ansis Spridzans talks about his Latvian firm’s investment and culture shift in becoming environmentally, socially, and governance compliant.

Carbon Footprint Reduction

Eric Krathwhol takes you through Rich May’s efforts to reduce energy and resource consumption, and support of related organizations.

Mental Health Awareness

Riley McDermott discusses the importance of mental health awareness and its positive impact on employee retention, well being and motivation.

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Mansfield Rule

Join us in celebrating Varnum’s commitment to a sustainable future as Harvey Koning shares valuable insights into how the Mansfield Rule has impacted their firm.

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Community and Pro Bono

Co-Founder of Boase Cohen and Collins, Colin Cohen discusses how his firm integrates with the community through outreach and pro bono work.

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Biodiversity

Explore the concept of Green Sanctuaries, as Christophe Gerschel explains how Alerion supports purchasing forestland to protect biodiversity.

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Community Health

Learn about Vorys partnership with University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio from delegate Raj Adlakha, where he explains they assist patients with legal issues that negatively impact their health.

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Gender Equality

For the sixth consecutive year running, Walter MacCullum proudly reports that Russell Kennedy received a Gold Accreditation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

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Emission Reduction

Paola Sangiovanni from Gitti and Partners in Italy talks about their bicycle program in Milan.

Sustainable Updates

Learn from our members about evolving legal and regulatory developments and member news related to sustainability.

Service animals provide an invaluable resource for hundreds of thousands of Americans living with physical disabilities and mental health issues.
In a welcome move, the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has issued new rules designed to enhance public awareness and foster greater acceptance of guide dogs and their visually impaired users.
More than a year after a significant Court of Final Appeal ruling the government has finally amended its policy on allowing citizens to change their gender status on their Hong Kong identity card.
Congratulations to Vorys for prioritizing diversity and inclusion, fostering a sense of belonging among all employees, and promoting diversity in the legal profession.
On 11/4/2024, General Resolution 13/2024 issued by the General Inspectorate of Justice was published, which mandates that organizations must now ensure that their administrative body and supervisory body, as the case may be, have a composition that includes the same number of women and men, or a minimum of one-third of women when the amount to be covered is an odd number.
Congratulations to Edwin Coe LLP on joining a growing global community of purpose-driven businesses that is leading the movement for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy.
In the recent case of Rentokil Initial UK Ltd v Miller [2024] EAT 37, the EAT considered whether an employer had failed to make a reasonable adjustment when it did not offer a disabled field employee a trial period in an administrative role.
The Council of the European Union adopted amendments to the EU law on waste from electrical and electronic equipment.
On January 10, 2024, the US Department of Labor (the “Department”) published its final rule for determining whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) (the “Final Rule”).
The job search process was frustrating for my firstborn, Mateo. 
Vorys is pleased to announce that Sachiyo Peterson, a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the immigration group, has been selected to be a member of the 2024 class of Fellows, and is participating in a landmark program created for mid-career attorneys by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.
Longtime Ally member Colin Cohen shares his passion for pro bono work at Boase Cohen & Collins and the integration of it into the legal and general community.