Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has announced their 2021 Global Charitable Initiative will focus on fighting systemic racism and championing social justice worldwide.
Norton Rose has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg.
The aim of the initiative will be to raise awareness as to the importance of fighting racism and championing social justice in business, in local communities and as individuals through fundraising, pro bono and volunteering opportunities with charities focused on these causes.
Institutional racism, also known as systemic racism, is a form of racism that is embedded in the laws and regulations of a society or an organisation. It manifests as discrimination in areas such as criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, education, and political representation.
Where possible, the firm will join with like-minded clients in these activities to expand its reach.
In late 2021, lawyers and support personnel firm-wide will be invited to participate in a global activity day. Likewise, each region or jurisdiction will be encouraged to interpret the themes of fighting racism and championing social justice in a way that resonates with their local community and culture, identifying an organisation active in this cause with which to partner in 2021.
Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Charitable Initiatives are proposed and sponsored by a different region each year.
Each region is asked to choose a cause which resonates with the firm globally, motivating lawyers and other personnel to participate and take action.
Past initiatives have included promoting the building of environmentally sustainable communities, fighting hunger and reducing food waste, supporting the Special Olympics and helping to build a facility for Menzi Children’s Home in South Africa.