Vodafone focuses on ESG in a new advisory body with eight companies

Vodafone has completed the latest update of its Legal Advisory Board and has selected eight companies that advocate shared ESG diversity and best practices.

Latham & Watkins, Deloitte and TLT are the new additions from the last review in 2018, along with Hogan Lovells, Linklaters, Osborne Clarke, Slaughter and May and Wiggin who kept their seats. This is a slight increase over the seven companies selected in the 2018 overhaul. The panel provides broad legal coverage for commercial, real estate, employment, regulatory, and litigation disputes, as well as legal reshaping assistance.

At the presentation of the new panel, the General Counsel and Company Secretary of the Vodafone Group, Rosemary Martin (pictured) said: “At Vodafone we want to build a digital society that promotes socio-economic progress, includes everyone and does not come at the expense of our planet. Our goal is now at the center of everything we do, and I am proud that this extends to our legal body. We look forward to these new ways of working. ‘

She added, ‘Our legal service providers have committed to an ambitious set of commitments to share best practice and collaborate on diversity and inclusion and ESG issues, including working together to develop the principles that the General Counsel advocates for Uses diversity and inclusion initiatives. You will also form various work teams to manage our relationship and advise on our affairs. ‘

James Touzel, partner and leader of the TLT team for the digital sector, said of the company’s inclusion on the panel: “Throughout the bidding process, we have our particular expertise and approach – with an emphasis on working together to get the business on to prepare what comes next – perceived as appropriate, good with the requirements of Vodafone. We all felt a strong alignment with the client’s core values, particularly around diversity and inclusion, sustainability and social impact. We look forward to working as trusted business consultants for Vodafone and helping them implement their strategic priorities. ‘

Martin also said the companies “have agreed to a number of mindful working principles that couldn’t be more important right now.” While not currently a signatory, this is reminiscent of the Mindful Business Charter launched in late 2018, an agreement between member clients and law firms to adhere to a set of mindful work principles.

One of the unique features of the Charter is that the title of emails sent outside of business hours clearly states whether they need to be read or acted upon immediately, and that those who are on annual leave are not expected to be up Are polling or checking email and that they negotiate rather than impose on them. Deadlines.

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