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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Social equity and economic efficiency are major concerns at Simont Braun. These issues are an important part of our strategy and we continually strive to actively defend the fundamental values of social commitment.

We promote a fairer and more equitable world, a process that starts in-house. In the workplace, we ensure the well-being of all our staff while enhancing diversity and reducing our environmental footprint. To this end, we also enter into partnerships with businesses, non-profit organisations and civil society.

PRO BONO ACTIVITIES Every year Simont Braun provides hours of legal support to non-profit organisations and vulnerable individuals. Some of our lawyers are also involved in the drafting of key legislative texts on a pro bono basis.

Selected list of our initiatives:

  • Paul Alain Foriers was one of the four experts appointed by the Belgian Minister of Justice to modernise and recodify the Belgian Companies Code that entered into force in May 2019.
  • Rafaël Jafferali and Sander Van Loock are both members of the group of experts chosen by the Belgian Minister of Justice to work on a pro bono basis on the redesign and modernisation of the Belgian Civil Code and the Law of Obligations.
  • Paul Alain Foriers chairs the board of the Fonds Erasme pour la Recherche Médicale, a major organisation that supports and finances medical research and is member of the board of various foundations.
  • Thomas Braun is an active member, administrator and secretary, on a pro-bono basis, of the Pairi Daiza Foundation, which implements concrete projects aimed at the recolonisation and reintroduction of fauna and flora. The Foundation also invests in scientific research.
  • Emmanuel Cornu assists on a pro bono basis the Samilia Foundation, a public utility foundation against human trafficking, in matters of copyright and contract law.
  • Sandrine Hirsch is the chair of the board of directors of La Chapelle de Bourgogne ASBL, an administration located in Brussels taking care of young boys with social or behavioural difficulties. Simont Braun provides a range of legal services to this institution at no charge.
  • Manuela von Kuegelgen has been actively involved with Maison des Migrants to enable the organisation to use their building for migrant families waiting for a visa. Manuela also regularly assists on a pro bono basis non-profit organisations in legal matters to help them perform their missions.
  • We provide assistance to Fabrique d’Eglise de la Cambre for multiple and complex matters relating to intellectual property.
  • Jacques Malherbe is a member of the board of the Belgian Association of Tax Lawyers representing the interests of the profession.
  • Emmanuel Cornu is the chairperson of Grandes Conférences Catholiques, a highly reputable and ancient organisation in Belgium that organises conferences on a variety of general interest topics, welcoming speakers of international stature. Simont Braun is the organisation’s registered office address and hosts its secretarial services.

DONATION POLICY Every year Simont Braun allocates a budget to support a number of selected charities.

  • For 15 years now, Simont Braun has participated in the 20km run through Brussels as part of the Legal Run team, which supports a local charity each year.
  • In 2018 we notably donated to La Chapelle de Bourgogne and Fonds Erasme.
  • Since 2017, Simont Braun has stopped sending paper greetings cards, switching to e-cards and donating the amount saved to charity (since 2017, the supported charity is Infirmiers de Rue – Straatverpleegers – Street Nurses).

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT

In our day-to-day activities, we are committed to a healthier, cleaner and sustainable planet. We are continuously adapting our behaviour and have implemented a series of measures to reduce our environmental footprint. We also make sure that our selection criteria for external providers incorporate these issues.

Paper & Energy

Simont Braun’s lawyers and staff join forces to decrease paper and energy consumption in our office. When we print, we exclusively use recycled paper. In the same spirit, in 2017 the firm decided to stop sending paper greetings cards, switching to e-cards and donating the amount saved to charity (since 2017: Infirmiers de Rue – Straatverpleegers – Street Nurses).

Plastic

Recently we also stopped using pens made of plastic and metal, replacing them with sustainable wooden pens. They are approved under the eco-certification scheme, PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). Glass bottles have replaced all plastic bottles and cans, and our catering partners are required to avoid using single-use plastic in their deliveries.

Food & Beverages

The fruits delivered weekly to the office are organic and seasonal, and our coffee is fair trade. We also collect food waste.

Transport

Finally, as our offices are located in central Brussels, most of our lawyers come to work using public transport, by bike… or even on foot! Simont Braun pays for all its employees’ public transport costs.