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 corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy, to the fostering of sustainable development, integrating within the firm’s strategic management relevant economic, social and environmental concerns.
The strategic pillars of ELZABURU’s CSR policy are the following:
i.·Good governance and impact on economic development
The firm’s 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. The policy likewise stems from transparent relations and dialogue with the corresponding interest groups.
Compliance and integrity
The work performed by ELZABURU is undertaken in accordance with a series of ethical principles and with the demands of transparency and compliance with current regulations.
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).
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.
UN Global Compact
ELZABURU adheres to the UN Global Compact, an international initiative for the promotion through corporate social responsibility of the implementation within the strategies and procedures of businesses of the ten universally proclaimed principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and the fight against corruption.
Human and Intellectual Capital
Our practitioners make up the nucleus of the prestige of ELZABURU and play a key role in ensuring the sustainability of the firm.
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. A career development plan is in place, as are mechanisms to allow for flexibility in the organization of work, the rationalization of working hours and, consequently, the reconciliation of private and professional life.
Commitment to talent, training and professional development
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. ELZABURU is also involved in training programmes for young professionals organized in conjunction with Spanish universities, whereby every year various students complete their training within the firm.
Social, cultural and sporting activities for employees are likewise promoted.
The Pro-Bono advisory programme was started up in 2016 with the assistance of the Alberto Elzaburu Foundation. Through this initiative the firm meets its commitment to share disinterestedly with society its know-how and experience in the field of intellectual property.
The Alberto Elzaburu Foundation
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 award for innovation, scientific research aid, grants for postgraduate IP studies, roundtables on current issues in the legal field, and social action programmes.
iii. Environmental impact
Respect for the environment is an indispensable requirement for every organization with a sustainable vocation.
ELZABURU has for years been adopting measures to foster respect for the environment through the implementation of a series of projects aimed at ensuring a responsible consumption of natural resources and the consequent reduction of the environmental impact of the activities of the firm. Thus, 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, waste is managed, cans and the like are recycled, etc.