‘Your World First’ includes being a responsible corporate citizen and connecting to the wider world.
By leveraging our talent, geographic reach and resources, we strive to make a positive impact on the world by supporting those who are working on solving social and economic challenges.
We have several corporate responsibility programmes incorporating pro bono professional work, environmental policies and projects, charitable giving and volunteering.
- Pro bono: offering our specialist professional skills is where we believe we can have the greatest impact. Many offices work with local organisations in this area.
- Environmental issues: we have policies in place to help us reduce our waste, cut down on energy use and minimise our carbon footprint.
- Charitable initiatives: our different offices work with their communities to support charities and local issues.
CMS supports several projects and institutions through donations and active support: by providing legal assistance and volunteers.
Médecins Sans Frontières
CMS is partnering with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders.
The international medical humanitarian organisation provides emergency medical relief in areas affected by crises such as war or natural catastrophes, when people’s lives are threatened and health structures have collapsed or when demographic groups are insufficiently cared for.
Apart from providing tangible medical aid, MSF also advocates for the human rights of refugees, women and children and people whose health and wellbeing are at risk.
MSF’s international and local staff work in around 70 different countries – doctors, midwives, nurses and logistics staff. Their activities are many and varied: they run clinics, build nutritional centres for children, initiate vaccination campaigns and provide refugees with medication, clean drinking water, sanitary facilities and blankets.
MSF provides fast and professional help for people in need, irrespective of their origins, religion or political orientation. The organisation is bound to the principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence. In 1999, MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
For more information and to support Médecins Sans Frontières, go to msf.org.
Like NL Cares CMS wants to increase the social involvement of young professionals. NL Cares does this by offering flexible voluntary work that puts meeting with people from vulnerable groups first. Everyone can participate, but they focus on young professionals. This target group often has a busy schedule and therefore does not have the time to commit to voluntary work on a weekly basis. Next to that the acknowledgement that ‘there is more’ can easily be overshadowed by the daily routine of the working life. NL Cares puts encounters first. During the voluntary activities the volunteer and the vulnerable groups will get to know a different world. These encounters broaden the perspectives from both sides. The impact of the contact and of the dialogue is always reciprocal. We believe that an encounter was successful when the experience of volunteering has had impact on the way both the young professional (the volunteer) and the vulnerable groups act and think.
Pro Bono Connect
As of November 2015 CMS supports Pro Bono Connect, the first Dutch public interest clearinghouse. CMS will provide Pro Bono Connect with financial contributions during the pilot period of three years. We also offer our knowledge and our network. Pro Bono Connect stimulates cooperation between NGOs and lawyers and is a project of ‘the Dutch Section of the International Commission of Jurists’. Initiator is Floris van Hees. Other participating firms are: AKD, Baker McKenzie, Clifford Chance, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, DLA Piper, HVG LAW, Houthoff Buruma, Linklaters LLP, Loyens & Loeff, NautaDutilh, Simmons & Simmons and Stibbe.
Dutch AI Coalition
CMS has been a partner of the Dutch AI Coalition from the start back in October 2019. Katja van Kranenburg (partner at CMS) is the chairman of Human Capital Group within the coalition. On the importance of knowledge on artificial intelligence (AI), Van Kranenburg notes: “AI will bring about great change in the employment market. Developing and maintaining a high level of knowledge is vital for the Netherlands. We can only achieve this by collectively combining our forces. Human Capital Group has all the ingredients necessary to improve AI.” The coalition's mission is for the Netherlands to be prominently recognised for their knowledge and application of AI for prosperity and well-being. Many parties from the business world, government, educational and research facilities and social organisations have joined the coalition.
Dutch Blockchain Coalition
In 2017 CMS joined the Dutch Blockchain Coalition as a core partner, an initiative of TU (Technical University) Delft, TNO and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. CMS researches the user cases of the coalition partners with regard to the legal aspects and feasibility and has coproduced a report on smart contracts. Together with the partners blockchain applications are designed and measured against existing laws and regulations. With this we contribute to the development and use of blockchain in the Netherlands. For our clients we therefore gain relevant knowledge in order to be able to assist them with the technological developments.
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