Reed Smith Responsible Business Report 2019

98 Reed Smith Responsible Business Report 2019 Reed Smith is a dynamic global law firm that is dedicated to helping leading companies, from FTSE 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises, drive their businesses forward worldwide. Our lawyers get straight to the heart of the matter, and provide litigation and other dispute-resolution services in multi-jurisdictional and high-stakes matters, deliver regulatory counsel, and execute the full range of strategic domestic and cross-border business transactions. We are a permanent adviser to industries including financial services, life sciences, health care, energy and natural resources, advertising, technology and media, shipping, real estate, manufacturing and education, ensuring our clients make the right decisions and achieve the right outcomes. Our firm builds strong, long-standing relationships with its clients, enabling our lawyers to assist them in meeting their commitments to ethical business and provide exceptional advice in areas such as anti-bribery and corruption, fair employment practices, modern slavery, environmental compliance, corporate governance, and data and personal privacy. Reed Smith at a glance We are committed to being a sustainable global law firm that delivers positive outcomes for our clients, communities, employees, environment, profession and suppliers. We understand that acting ethically protects our reputation and that of our stakeholders. Our Code of Conduct, which embodies our commitment to ethics and risk awareness, recognises that the responsibility for ethical business rests with all our personnel. We support and encourage them to, in the words of our code, “strive to do the right thing” in many ways. For example, we have a global legal team whose role is to guide our people on their ethical duties, as well to develop risk strategies and awareness. We are focused on investing in a culture where people are encouraged to ask questions, seek guidance and speak out. Our ethics hotline is an important element in this endeavour.