Osborne Clarke for Good is Osborne Clarke's framework for ensuring ESG commitments. Find out more about what we are doing in Italy.
The environment, every day
With carbon neutrality as our target, we have embarked on a path to measure and reduce our carbon footprint according to the ISO 14064-1 certification parameters. We are also in the process of changing our electricity procurement, favouring renewable sources.
We contribute to the City of Milan's commitment to sustainable mobility, thanks to the firm's bike sharing fleet composed of traditional and electric bikes. A small e-charging station for electric vehicles has also been installed in the Milan office courtyard. We only use local taxis and document courtiers that guarantee the use of electric/hybrid vehicles or bicycles.
Environment & Territory
The building in which our Milan headquarters are located is currently awaiting BREAAM certification, one of the most widespread design standards in the world in terms of the evaluation of the environmental impact of buildings according to principles of green building. We sponsor and cover the costs to maintain a green area in Milan's city centre. We support and take part in reforestation projects in collaboration with Forestami.
All devices connected to workstations and meeting rooms are set up with an automatic system that switches off at the end of the booked period and this allows us to notably reduce energy wastages. Within the end of 2022 we plan to satisfy all our electricity needs with green energy generated exclusively from renewable sources.
Water, paper & plastic
Our drinking water dispensers are all attached directly to the mains: everyone has their own aluminium thermos for refilling and this allows us to avoid all forms of packaging. Water for our clients is provided in recyclable Tetra Pak containers purchased from a B Corporation. We have eliminated other forms of single-use plastic: from coffee cups to cutlery and gadgets. Cigarette ends are recycled through the innovative start-up project Re-Cig®. Client files are entirely digitalised, and any documents that need to be printed are printed on recycled paper.
Each month a firmwide group – diverse in terms of age, role and interests but sharing a common interest in sustainability – meets to set targets and identify new steps to help to reduce the carbon footprint of our offices, and to monitor their implementation and the results obtained.
Our people, always
Talent & Inclusivity
Together with a leading company in the field of organisational psychology, we have started a project that places skills and shared values at the heart of the firm's growth strategy, helping us to define the values that distinguish our culture and to develop coherent and inclusive professional growth paths.
We support and actively participate in the projects promoted by Valore D, the first association of companies and professional firms that promotes gender balance and an inclusive culture for the growth of businesses.
Meritocracy & Transparency
We have developed an evaluation model that gives value to soft skills and that is based on criteria of transparency and merit. In addition, our mentoring programme is always active: a professional and personal development tool adopted to support young professionals through one-to-one meetings between an experienced mentor and a young mentee.
#FindTheOrangeOnlus is a non-profit organisation founded by Osborne Clarke’s partners in Italy. It finances scientific research projects, with particular attention to the areas of technology and digital business, in support of healthcare. Here are some of our main projects.
We support the PhD programme in Bioengineering, Bioinformatics and Health Technologies at the University of Pavia, co-funding a research grant for the development of innovative computation methodologies for the diagnosis and treatment of congenital coronary diseases.
We organise inhouse charity markets to resell electronic devices, old furniture and other material that can still find a new home and be reused.
We take part as speakers at round tables, workshops and seminars dedicated to increasing awareness of key legal issues.