For O’Melveny, “investing in the community” means partnership—partnership that includes our own employees and reaches beyond our own employees to embrace our global alumni network, friends of the firm, and our clients. This broad definition of community investment brought to life the concept of “CSR + ESG = Sustainability at O’Melveny.”
CSR and ESG at O’Melveny stretches well beyond a typical law firm’s commitment to pro bono legal services and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts to include community investment that is aligned with our CSR/ESG pillars: access to education, health care, and justice; supporting environmental sustainability; engaging in disaster relief; and providing veteran support.
O’Melveny supports more than 200 nonprofits and non-governmental organizations around the globe each year. Whether by supporting rebuilding efforts in disaster-hit zones, fighting to secure the rights of animals, donating to organizations fighting for racial justice, or serving on boards of organizations making a positive impact, O’Melveny delivers on its century-old commitment to fully embrace its communities.
Throughout our offices, Community Involvement Committees identify and organize events, drives, and fundraisers to make a difference in our local neighborhoods and the world at large. These efforts can take the form of a firmwide donation-driven “jeans day” in support of a community hit hard by a natural disaster, preparing meals at a local soup kitchen, or participating in a beach clean-up. While the activities are ever changing, they always reflect the causes and issues that have touched our colleagues’ hearts.
In 2017, the firm launched the “Giving Back” program as a new expression of O’Melveny’s longstanding support for public service and volunteerism. This program allows employees to take one paid day off every year to volunteer with a nonprofit organization devoted to a cause that is important to them. For anyone who knows O’Melveny and its culture of caring, it will come as no surprise that staff have embraced the opportunity to give back, with close to 100 O’Melveny employees from around the globe logging in excess of 800 volunteer hours at more than 40 nonprofit organizations in the program’s first four years.