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DLA Piper Middle East presented corporate responsibility award

DLA Piper, a global law firm, has been awarded the CSR Label by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a recognition held by only a handful of firms, including Majid Al Futtaim, Standard Chartered Bank and Hilton Jumeirah.

The CSR Label recognises the commitment the firm places on corporate responsibility and is testament to the support the firm offers the local community through pro bono legal advice as well as running community engagement programmes. 

The Dubai Chamber CSR Label is designed to provide a diagnostic framework, learning and development tool to help refine and improve CSR strategy, policies and practice in the UAE. It provides a voluntary standard for CSR implementation in Dubai and elsewhere in the UAE; reviews, evaluates and gives feedback on companies' CSR strategy and actions, and provides the ability for companies to communicate better with stakeholders about their CSR commitment and practice.

H.E. Hisham Abdullah Al Shirawi, 2nd Vice-Chairman, Dubai Chamber, congratulated the company while stating that the Chamber is determined to identify best responsible practices, to establish a reference within the business community, and to encourage the adoption of international best practice with regard to CSR and sustainability by the companies, in this case the DLA Piper, he said

"At Dubai Chamber we also see this as fruit of our tireless efforts over the years in developing a culture of corporate social responsibility in the business community as the awardee companies are pioneers of CSR in the region and are helping to lead by example and demonstrate the increasing sophistication of Dubai's business landscape," added Al Shirawi.

"Corporate Responsibility is integral to everything that we do, from advising our clients to developing our people, and being awarded the CSR Label from the Dubai Chamber is a huge honour," commented Ben Eavis, Corporate Responsibility Manager, DLA Piper Middle East. "The Middle East still has some way to go on its journey to become a more sustainable region, however with the dedicated support from organisations such as the Dubai Chamber the process can be simplified and made more fulfilling for all those involved."

DLA Piper is the only law firm in the Middle East to have appointed a dedicated Corporate Responsibility professional to focus on developing its extensive regional programme. Over the last five years the firm has supported a number of campaigns, from pro bono support with INJAZ Al Arab, through to female empowerment programmes in Saudi Arabia.

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