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Citizenship Program overview

Environment

We acknowledge our responsibility to carry out our business in a sustainable way by minimizing our environmental footprint.  Our main impact on the environment arises from our energy use, the waste we generate, and our travel and procurement. Therefore, our environment policy is to raise internal awareness of environmental issues, minimize energy consumption, minimize waste, maximize recycling and reuse, travel responsibly, and procure responsibly.

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Shop the Office in New YorkAmericas

As a green initiative during Citizenship Month in October, our New York office launched "Shop the Office" - named after the common U.S. phrase "shop your closet" - to encourage the recycling of used office supplies.

The initiative asked that all requests for office supplies (pens, binders, folders, and similar items) be directed to our operations manager and office services coordinator, who in turn searched throughout the office to find those items in used condition rather than ordering new items. We were able to locate items to fulfill all requests by collecting from file rooms, copy rooms, empty desks, and offices, and as a result, our New York office saved the approximately US$10,000 that is generally spent monthly on supplies.

Multiple offices have since imitated this activity to further reduce and reuse office suplies in their region.

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Automatic Computer Shutdown Introduced to the London OfficeUK and Africa

NightWatchman is an energy-saving and cyber security IT application that automatically shuts down computers at a scheduled time each evening. Following a successful trial in one of the London office's buildings over the summer, the system was introduced to the entire London office at the end of last year.

Prior to the installation of NightWatchman, only about half of the computer users in London regularly shut down their computers before leaving the office in the evening. This not only wasted energy but also represented a security risk. If all computers were left on for one hour when they did not need to be, 8kg of CO2 would be wasted, which is the equivalent of the CO2 produced by three average saloon cars' annual mileage.

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Citizenship Month Celebrations in Hong KongAsia and Middle East

October 2014 was Citizenship Month at Hogan Lovells and a number of events took place across our offices worldwide, showcasing our commitment to good citizenship. Our Hong Kong office undertook a number of initiatives throughout the month, with highlights including soap recycling with HandsOn Hong Kong and a beach clean-up on Lamma Island.

A group of volunteers travelled to Kwai Chung to take part in an afternoon of soap recycling. Volunteers witnessed first-hand the sheer amount of soap that is thrown away by hotels every day. After a considerable amount of elbow grease by the volunteers, 600 bars worth of soap were recycled. These were then packed up to be deployed to areas in need.

A further group of volunteers collected two dozen bags full of rubbish on Lamma Island to help to restore Shek Pai Wan beach to its natural beauty. Rubbish collected included plastic, foam debris, shards of glass, bottles, cans, and even a large abandoned sail.
 

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Munich Office Saves Electricity and Supports Local Touch CharityEurope

In celebration of Earth Day 2014, our Munich office held an energy savings competition between its two office buildings during May and June. Residents of the winning building found that by ensuring computers and lights were switched off, their energy consumption was reduced by 17.5%. The money saved from this initiative was donated to the office's local Touch charity partner Die Arche, which supports children from disadvantaged families with social activities and after-school programs such as sport and music classes.

In a further fundraising effort for Die Arche, the office also partook in the "Ice Bucket Challenge," raising money for both Die Arche and the ALS Association, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease.

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Reduce and Reuse: Disposable Cup Savings in 2013Americas

In an effort to reduce waste, we recently launched a mug program in which most of our offices provided each employee with a Hogan Lovells mug and implemented a $.05 charge per disposable cup. We are pleased to announce that, after implementing this program, we saw our disposable cup usage decline by 34,330 cups from 2012 to 2013, just in our Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Miami offices!

In addition, we were able to make a sizable donation to the Arbor Day Foundation as a result of the fees collected through disposable cup usage.

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Earth Day at Hogan LovellsAmericas, Asia and Middle East, Europe, UK and Africa

The first Earth Day took place on 22 April 1970, and it is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Today, more than 1 billion people worldwide participate in Earth Day activities every year. Various activities took place throughout our offices globally to celebrate Earth Day on 22 April 2014.

Many of our offices used Earth Day as an opportunity to highlight our existing bike-to-work and recycling policies, offering guidance to our people as to how to get involved.

Other activities included a "battle of the offices" between our two office buildings in Munich to see which could save the most energy in May and June, a Recycled Art Contest in New York, and an environmental pledge in Singapore. Our Denver office invited volunteers to help the Colorado Bar Association plant trees as part of the nationwide effort by the American Bar Association, and our Los Angeles, Houston, and Colorado Springs offices gave all employees reusable water glasses in an attempt to reduce waste.

In our Washington, D.C. office, we held an Earth Day fair in collaboration with Hines Property Management that showcased our sustainability efforts through various displays, including some by our various "green" vendors that presented recycled office supplies, "green" cleaning products, our water and electrical savings efforts, and even gave away plants and seedlings! The fair featured our electric car, ZELDA (Zero Emissions Lawyer Driven Automobile), which we parked in our lobby along with electric car chargers for our people to explore. We also collected E-Waste as well as old cell phones to donate to battered women's shelters, and we hosted a charming exhibition of environmental artwork designed by the children that attend daycare in our facility.

Our Northern Virginia office also held a fair with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation and Metro to inform our people about the three new Silver Line Metro stops and the Fairfax Connector bus.

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Electricity Savings Donated to Children in WarsawEurope

Our Warsaw office found that by ensuring that computers were switched off every night, up to 20% was saved on their electricity bill. The money saved from this initiative was paid to the Warsaw Hospice for Children. Following this fantastic result, the office installed motion light sensors in all of the kitchen and toilet areas. These sensors ensure that lights automatically switch off, resulting in the Warsaw office becoming even more environmentally friendly.

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Growing Trees from Clothes in JohannesburgUK and Africa

In partnership with Clothes to Cash Exchange, Life Link 24/7 Cares, and Willow Feather Farm, a team from our Johannesburg office collected 701.60 kilograms of clothes, thereby contributing to the planting of 14 trees at Olievenhoutbosch Disability Centre, which is a center for children in the township who have mental and physical disabilities.

Unusable old clothes were given to Life Link 24/7 Cares, which will donate them to the nonprofit organization Grace Help Centre for repair and reuse.

Usable clothes earned R5 per kilogram, and for every R5 Hogan Lovells earned, Clothes to Cash Exchange donated a further R2. This resulted in the Johannesburg team raising a total of  R2269.40, and contributing to the planting of 14 indigenous trees from Willow Feather Farm. 

 

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Bottomless Closet Clothing Drive in New YorkAmericas

A team from the New York office donated their time and efforts to Bottomless Closet, which integrates at-risk women into the workforce by providing wardrobes from donations and general interview guidance.

Our team assisted with organizing the "store" for the clothing donations, as well as running our own internal clothing drive during Hogan Lovells'  internal Citizenship Month. This drive provided over 25 boxes of desperately needed women's clothes and accessories.

 

 

 

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Gardening at Moreland Primary SchoolUK and Africa

A team from the Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation group in the London office have been attending Moreland Primary School to assist the teachers with tidying the school's gardens twice a year. The team assist with weeding, pruning, collecting seeds, strimming, sweeping, raking, planting bulbs, and any other activities required by the school.

The aim of the project is to help the school to provide a tidy, clean, and healthy learning environment for the children. Part of the school's garden is used for recreational activities, while another part is used by teachers to educate the children about nature and different types of plants.

 

 

 

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