The corporate sector is one of the driving forces behind the social and economic transformation of our country. Being well aware of this, ELZABURU contributes actively, through its CSR policy, to the fostering of sustainable development, integrating within the firm’s strategic management the economic, social and environmental concerns arising out of transparent relations and dialogues with the corresponding interest groups.
ELZABURU is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, an international initiative to foster corporate social responsibility through the implementation by companies, in the course of their activities and the design of their business strategies, of the ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption. With over 13,000 participants in more than 145 countries, the Compact is the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.
The strategic pillars of ELZABURU’s CSR policy are the following:
i.·Good governance and impact on economic development
The CSR policy has its roots in the mission, vision, values and principles of the firm and is fuelled by the professional team which embodies those values and sustains our activity and relations with our clients.
In the course of its activities ELZABURU adheres strictly to the rules of ethics and conduct established by the relevant professional associations and institutions and also to the principles laid down in its internal code of ethics.
ELZABURU similarly has a specific system in place for the avoidance of conflicts of interest. Potential problems are thus referred from the outset to our internal Client Conflict Oversight Board (CCOB).
Lastly, within the dedication to excellence which characterizes the strategic management of the firm, ELZABURU has obtained the ISO 9001 certification thanks to a commitment to provide quality which in turn forms part of the ethical demands of the profession. That certification calls for the observance on the part of all professional and administrative staff of certain protocols as regards working practices, systems operation and the use of means and materials.
The CSR policy of ELZABURU is born out of transparent relations and dialogue with its interest groups.
Our practitioners receive special attention, as they play a key role in ensuring the sustainability of the firm and make up the nucleus of its prestige.
The policy similarly reflects the firm’s concern about the creation and maintenance of employment and the professional development of its employees through continuous learning programmes. Mechanisms are in place to allow for flexibility in the organization of work, the rationalization of working hours and, consequently, the reconciliation of private and professional life. Cultural and sporting activities for employees are likewise promoted.
Within the context of their contribution to the world of education and commitment to the service of society, ELZABURU’s practitioners engage proactively and voluntarily in the dissemination of knowledge in the field of intellectual property through publications, articles in the press and participation in conferences, workshops, courses and seminars.
Many of the firm’s CSR initiatives are channeled through the Alberto Elzaburu Foundation, whose mission is to foster and promote innovation and intellectual property as a mainstay of entrepreneurship, employment, investment, development and business activity, and to nurture creativity in the digital environment. To that effect the Foundation organizes an annual award for innovation, grants for postgraduate IP studies, roundtables on current issues in the legal field, and social action programmes.
iii. Environmental impact
ELZABURU has implemented a series of projects of indefinite duration with a view to diminishing the environmental impact of the activities of the firm and restraints have thus been placed on the day-to-day use of certain resources in the workplace. The consumption of paper has been cut, the number of files kept on paper has gone down sharply, LED lamps have been installed for reasons of electrical efficiency, new closures have been fitted, paper shredders are in operation, etc.