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Culture & Social Responsibility

Our business is about meeting our clients' needs, respecting our people and engaging them to make a difference. Part of our objectives as a firm is to minimize the impact of our operations on the environment and to invest in local communities.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) at McCarthy Tétrault reflects our long-standing commitment in these areas. Our CSR efforts focus on four areas:

Our People

There are many opportunities for our students to connect with peers, lawyers and staff on a professional and social level. There are also a number of initiatives and programs which contribute to a positive working environment in which everyone feels respected and can contribute to making a difference. Diversity and volunteerism are the core values that guide our efforts to positively affect our workplace and our local communities.

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Charitable Giving

The McCarthy Tétrault Foundation administers our firm-wide charitable giving and sponsorships. Created in 1997, the Foundation is a first among Canadian law firms. It supports a wide range of Canadian hospitals, charities, arts and cultural organizations. The Foundation also dedicates significant funds to law schools across Canada.

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Environmental Initiatives

While we give advice to our clients on how to respect their environmental obligations, environmental considerations also play an important role in our own processes and decisions. We aim to become a leader among major Canadian law firms in reducing the impact of our activities on the environment. Our efforts include installing energy-efficient video-conferencing facilities to reduce travel, donating old computer equipment to charity, and increasing our recycling programs in each of our offices.

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Community and Pro Bono Work

At McCarthy Tétrault, we take pride in making our communities better places to live and work. In collaboration with government institutions, not-for-profit organizations and other community partners, we help disadvantaged and low-income individuals with matters related to civil liberties, human rights, financial services, business and labour and employment law.

McCarthy Tétrault offers you the opportunity to serve the interests of our profession and to use your talent to help others. Under the guidance of our lawyers, you will have the chance to interact directly with clients. Pro bono work is not only fulfilling, but is also a rewarding way to deepen your legal knowledge, develop your skills, and obtain recognition for your initiative. Many of our students have volunteered to work with our lawyers on various pro bono projects and cases, including Supreme Court of Canada interventions. Our lawyers say they have greatly appreciated the students' assistance, and our students say they have truly benefitted from the experience.

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