Our first Communication on Progress

In November this year, Wikborg Rein has delivered the company’s first Communication on Progress as a UN Global Compact signatory. Read more about how we integrate the 10 principles of the UNGC into our operations.

For nearly 100 years, Wikborg Rein has offered our services to clients all over the world. We have grown to become one of Norway’s largest and leading law firms, and with this comes a huge responsibility. Although we are headquartered in Norway, our company also have offices in London, Singapore, and China, and it is of high importance to us to operate under the regulatory framework and rules of the bar associations in these countries in addition to the ethical guidelines and other internal regulations of Wikborg Rein.

In recent years, sustainability has been placed higher up on the agenda for companies all over the world, and this also includes us. Commitment to sustainability is vital for our future success and to remain one of the top players in our business. Recently, we have noticed a push from several of our stakeholders to demonstrate how our firm takes on this responsibility, and this is a motivation and something that we welcome.

Our sustainability work has over the years taken many forms, supporting people and organisations in need, for example with monetary support or through our pro bono legal support. In 2020, we became a signatory of the UN Global Compact (UNGC) – a voluntary initiative to implement sustainability principles and take steps to support UN goals. As a signatory of the UNGC, our company has committed to deliver on such sustainability principles. As part of this commitment, we will each year deliver a Communication on Progress (COP), demonstrating our progress and efforts in four core areas: Human rights, worker’s rights, anti-corruption, and the environment.

The document that you are now reading, describes our principles and guidelines in each of these areas, as well as our actions to improve the integration of the Global Compact and its principles into our business strategy, culture, and daily operations. Being a sustainable company is about continuous work, thus, this document is not only describing the efforts made by us in the year that went by, but also states our long-term and short-term goals and ambitions. As Managing Partner, I am very proud to present to you our first COP and I look forward to sharing with you our progress in future reports. Our firm may be nearly 100 years old, but our sustainability journey has only just begun.


Sincerely,

Finn Bjørnstad
Managing Partner, Wikborg Rein

Read our Communcation on Progress for 2021 (PDF 3,1Mb)

 

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UN Global Compact – Wikborg Rein has signed the UN Global Compact, a global network for businesses committed to social responsibility and promoting responsible and sustainable business practices. It was formed at the initiative of then UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, in 1999, because the UN wants business and industry to be more closely associated with the UN’s work. Signing the UN Global Compact means that we are doing our best to operate our business in accordance with the 10 principles on human rights, workers' rights, the environment and the fight against corruption.