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Shaping the business sector of the future

At Thommessen, we seek, together with our clients, to shape the business sector of the future and to safeguard corporate values and the rule of law.

Our social involvement is not only reflected in the work we do, but also through the NGOs we support. We support several ambitious CSR and pro bono initiatives. Knowledge is our key resource, and represents our main contribution to enabling NGOs to pursue their mission under optimum conditions.

At Thommessen, we are committed to promoting a well-functioning and sustainable business sector. Sverre Tyrhaug
Managing Partner

Doctors Without Borders

Every year, we provide our main CSR partner, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), with both legal pro bono services and financial support. MSF is a neutral and independent medical aid organisation which saves lives and alleviates suffering in more than seventy countries each year. Thommessen has an ambassador group of committed lawyers who assist MSF with legal advice. Several ambassador group members have deepened their acquaintance with MSF by visiting its Brussels headquarters. Thommessen representatives have also accompanied MSF to Lebanon to observe its essential work at close quarters.

The Norwegian Women's Football Association

From January 2020 Thommessen is official partner of the Norwegian Women's Football Association. We want to take part in developing Norwegian women's football, especially linked to increased professionalization and competence enhancement. At Thommessen we are committed to highlighting female talents - both in the legal profession and in football. The agreement allows the Norwegian Women's Football Association to access a learning tool for football players based on VR technology, provided by Be Your Best.

#ShesGotThis

#ShesGotThis is an NGO addressing gender stereotypes and unconscious bias. Thommessen is one of its founding partners, and we have assisted #ShesGotThis on a range of legal issues in its start-up phase. The organisation also serves as a key advisor in our efforts to increase our proportion of female senior lawyers and partners.

Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation

We support social entrepreneurship through Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation. Lex Mundi is a global network of leading independent law firms, with Thommessen as its exclusive Norwegian member.

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Sustainability

A well-functioning business sector is a sustainable business sector. The UN sustainable development goals for 2030 define 17 areas relating to climate and the environment, as well as economic and social affairs, where there is still global scope for improvement. Reaching the sustainable development goals requires businesses to take an active role. As an advisor to Norwegian businesses, we want to contribute to them developing and choosing sound and sustainable solutions. Along with helping our clients attain their objectives, we are also actively pursuing internal measures to become a more sustainable firm ourselves.

UN Global Compact

We have joined the UN Global Compact to further strengthen our sustainability commitment. The UN Global Compact is a global network for businesses committed to social responsibility and promoting responsible and sustainable business practices. The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest global corporate sustainability initiative. Joining the UN Global Compact means that we are doing our utmost to run our business in conformity with ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.

Our social involvement is not only reflected in the work we do, but also through the NGOs we support.