Toronto (October 7, 2013) — National law
firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) today released its first
Corporate Responsibility Report, highlighting the firm's key
social commitments and sustainability endeavours. In keeping with
the firm's commitment to service, the report outlines the
community initiatives at home and abroad where the BLG team is
striving to promote diversity and inclusion, access to justice,
women's leadership, literacy and learning.
"As professionals at one of Canada's largest law firms
we occupy a privileged position, which means we have an obligation
to use that privilege in a way that supports and improves
society," said Sean Weir, National Managing Partner and CEO.
"While the importance of corporate responsibility has long
been ingrained in BLG's culture, we are always challenging
ourselves to do even better."
Highlights of the Firm's 2012 activities include over $2.3
million in pro bono work supporting access to justice, 300
classroom visits each week across the country to promote literacy
and learning, signing on as a founding member of the new Canadian
Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network and facilitating a series
of new programs and training opportunities to foster women's
Other community initiatives highlighted in the report include:
Diversity and Inclusion:
BLG is a national corporate sponsor of Pride at Work Canada and
a sponsor of the Black Business and Professional Association
National Scholarship fund
The Firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee has
implemented a number of practices including diversity-related
training and education sessions
Pro Bono and Access to Justice
The Firm's 7,000 hours of pro bono work in 2012 included
supporting the family of Lin Jun, the Montreal student who was
tragically murdered, and helping to secure $5 million in special
needs funding for the Learning Disabilities Association of
BLG was also one of four Canadian firms that backed a historic
legal victory that will bring greater enforcement of rape laws to
protect women and children in Kenya.
The Firm's Women's Leadership Development Committee
created a series of programs, such as coaching and support for
parents re-entering the workforce following parental leave and
sponsorship of female lawyers for the Rotman School of
Management's Business Leadership for Women Lawyers seminar
Two of BLG's senior partners – Linda Bertoldi and
Noella Milne - were named among Canada's Most Powerful Women in
2012 by the Women's Executive Network
Literacy and Learning
The Firm celebrated 10 years of BLG Reads to Kids, a program
which donated over $550,000 and countless volunteer hours in
classrooms across the country
BLG demonstrated their commitment to fostering literacy beyond
Canada's borders, and a series of Mount Kilimanjaro climbs have
fundraised more than $1 million for charities that promote
education in Africa
In 2012 the Firm completed nearly a decade of legal research
under the BLG Fellowship Program, bringing the firm's total
commitment to legal research to $2.2 million
Honouring the top university athletes in the country for over
20 years, the BLG Award encourages excellence and teamwork through
two $10,000 scholarships to support post-graduate studies.
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