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Through our advocacy Arntzen de Besche seeks balanced solutions that benefit people, the environment and society. We are engaged in a variety of activities that help protect and develop the world we live in.
Our strategy and business are based on our four values: teamwork, quality, integrity and commitment. Through our values we support and contribute to social development through various activities.
We want to be a driving force in the green shift and have implemented a number of measures to reduce our carbon footprint.
In the period 2018 to 2019, we reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and we work continuously to improve this. We want to do more and have therefore purchased climate quotas from the EU's climate quota system (EU ETS) which fully compensates for our emissions in 2019 - this means we are climate neutral. The EU climate quota system is considered to be the most well-functioning and efficient quota system in the world. When our carbon accounts for 2020 are completed in the first quarter of 2021, we will purchase EU quotas corresponding to our greenhouse gas emissions in 2020.
Arntzen de Besche is member of the coalition Skift - Climate Business Leaders. Skift is a business-led climate initiative and the mission is to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and to support the Norwegian government in delivering on its national climate commitments by 2030. Read more about Skift here.
Within the field of corporte social responsibility, our main partner is Sykehusklovnene, The European Federation of Hospital Clown Organizations, to which we provide financial support and pro-bono legal services. Sykehusklovnene's aim is that "All children admitted to hospitals will receive visits from hospital clowns", and they provide positive experiences and a breathing space for children and youngsters in an otherwise difficult period in their lives.
Arntzen de Besche is one of few Norwegian law firms approved by the UN Global Compact initiative, which means we support the initiative’s ten principles. The initiative encourages businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation. More than 8,000 businesses from 145 countries support the initiative. Read more about Un Global Compact here.
In 2013, Arntzen de Besche became an Eco-Lighthouse business. We have implemented an environmental policy, which involves systematic measures for our day-to-day business activities.
As part of our CSR efforts, we work pro bono in situations / cases where it is believed that people or organizations have been the victims of injustice.
We regularly arrange exam preparation lectures for law students at the Universityof Oslo, Bergen and Tromsø.
For many years, our lawyers have held honorary posts and participated actively in non-profits, foundations and law committees.
In 2021, we will move into new office premises in Oslo that are BREEAM-NOR Excellent certified - one of the highest climate certifications.