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Corporate Social Responsibility

VdA strives to achieve the same levels of excellence in pro bono work as in everything else we do. Our work is guided by quality, team spirit, focus on the client, independence and innovation. 
 
Since lawyers are inevitable mediators in access to justice, paramount to an effective exercise of citizenship, we believe that firms such as VdA, where hundreds of lawyers’ work, have an added responsibility in the matter. As such, we have long been partnering with numerous social enterprises; we provide pro bono legal services to several dozen non-profit organizations.
Lawyers involved in the Programme
Areas of practice involved in the Programme
Institutional Partners
Supported Organizations

“I believe that being a part of VdA’s pro bono programme is highly rewarding: I am part of a team that contributes to the growth of organizations with outstanding significance in the area of social responsibility.”

Inês Melo Grilo, Associate

Interconnective work and partnerships

VdA believes that positive change is promoted only through interconnected work, and actively cooperates with several organizations part of the social economy, providing pro bono legal services to support the strengthening and development of relevant projects of social innovation and social enterprises.

Focus on innovation and social entrepreneurship

Because we believe in the transformative power of innovation, over the past decade we have assisted in the development and strengthening of numerous projects in the area of social innovation, social entrepreneurship and social investment. We believe this investment has significant impact in the redefinition of current mindsets, generating new solutions to old problems.

Our involvement

We wish to encourage our people’s social and human dimensions, as well as the exercise of citizenship within VdA, and between VdA and its partners, through our Pro Bono programme. Time spent in pro bono legal services is eligible to our lawyers’ annual performance goals – pro bono hours are treated by the Firm as billable hours.

Institutional Partnerships

"In every small victory, there is always someone that makes a difference. VdA has been a major part of every success we have achieved.
THANK YOU!”
Hugo Menino Aguiar, SPEAK

Environmental sustainability

One of the focal points of VdA’s programme of Corporate Social Responsibility is the environmental sustainability strategy, developed through the Green Project, an internal programme of sustainable development and ecoefficiency, aimed at promoting behavioural changes among our people. The strategy strongly minimizes the environmental impact of the Firm’s operation, through the optimization of resources – energy and materials. The Green Project actively promotes the adoption of sustainable practices, both by VdA as a firm and by its people; in the long-run VdA aims to obtain the “zero-carbon status”.

Award from the Jury of the Portuguese-French Chamber of Commerce
Trophy for Sustainable Development
Shortlisted 2016 and 2017

Green Barometer and Carbon Footprint Report

The assessment and reduction of the carbon footprint is one of the key performance indicators of the firm’s ecoefficiency, given the range of relevant generated data.

The “Green Barometer” is a tool whereby the firm assesses its environmental footprint, reflected in a quarterly reporting of the results within VdA. Every year, we draft and publish a Carbon Footprint Report. The results are assessed in accordance with international guidelines adapted to the domestic reality, are reported to the Legal Sustainability Alliance.

Emissions Compensation Programme

Through a protocol with Tapada Nacional de Mafra (national estate of Mafra), VdA has been allocated an area of 31 ha named “Zero Carbon Zone”, of mixed stands of hardwood and resinous deposits, for the annual policy of compensation of the Firm’s emissions (including the planting of trees and protection measures against fires), with an estimated annual carbon capture of 60 tons.

BCSD Portugal

BCSD Portugal - Business Council for Sustainable Development is a non-profit organization that brings together and represents companies actively committed to sustainability in their development and work. Through the conception of intercompany projects stimulating sustainable development, BCSD is an influent player, inspiring new business models.

Legal Sustainability Alliance

Within the Green Project, VdA is a member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, an international network of law firms, committed to the adoption of operational environmentally sustainable practices. Currently, this global organization has 390 members worldwide, VdA being the only Portuguese member law-firm.

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