DLA Piper and UNICEF - Protecting children throughout the world
DLA Piper and UNICEF, the world’s leading organisation for children, have established a ground-breaking partnership aimed at strengthening the protection of children around the world.
During the three years of our partnership, we are providing pro bono assistance to the estimated value of $5 million towards UNICEF’s global child justice programme.
We have also pledged to raise $1.5 million for this area of UNICEF’s work, through a corporate donation and employee fundraising, to help ensure that children coming into contact with the law are better served and protected.
So far we have donated $1 million to fund UNICEF projects in Bangladesh and we have already contributed $3.5 million in pro bono hours.
A core element of our partnership is supporting a ‘Justice for Children’ project in Bangladesh, a key aim of which is to address the legal reforms necessary to align the country’s legislation with international child rights standards.
The Bangladesh government, with UNICEF’s support, has made real progress to improve children’s lives by reducing mortality rates, achieving high levels of immunisation and improving girls’ access to education. However, it now faces problems that are far more complex and intractable like child labour and child marriage. High levels of extreme poverty continue to push many children onto the streets, where they often get caught up in an inadequate and inappropriate justice system.
With more than 65 million children in Bangladesh, the scale of these challenges is enormous. The projects we are supporting are helping to put in place the legal, social and organisational frameworks that will better protect these children.
In October 2015 a team made up of colleagues from across the International firm took part in the UNICEF Global Challenge, trekking the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia. The team raised over $250,000, providing vital support to UNICEF'S child justice programmes, ensuring children are better protected.
"We are immensely proud that colleagues from around the world have shown such incredible team spirit to complete one of the largest ever corporate fundraising events of its kind. The Simien Mountains trek is a first for DLA Piper and the legal sector as a whole."
Simon Levine Global Co-CEO
UNICEF is privileged to benefit from DLA Piper’s support with our aim to improve child protection systems around the world, helping to achieve the legal and social changes necessary to strengthen the protection of children from violence, exploitation and abuse. This collaboration between DLA Piper and our Global Justice for Children team will help to ensure that more children across the world who come into contact with the justice system are better served and protected.
Susan Bissell, Chief of Child Protection for UNICEF