With the UN's 17 sustainable development goals as a source of inspiration, direction and commitment, we are now developing our CSR work from being an annual Christmas campaign to a more strategic and long-term strategy.
In 2020, it becomes clear to us that we have to contribute more and set clearer goals for our social responsibility work. We want to take part in the universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.
But what can a medium sized law firm in Norway do? Can we make a difference?
The answer, of course, is yes. Because even though Magnus Legal can't save the world - we can contribute by changing the world a bit. We are currently developing our plans, and we will tell you what we came up with on this webpage as soon as we are ready.
In 2020, Magnus Legal supports HUMAK, which is the law students' annual humanitarian campaign. The law students collaborate with Save the Children on the project: "Rolling courtrooms for children" which will make both legal aid and courts available to children in the Neno district of Malawi.
Since our chairman visited Malawi in 2019, this was a project we felt was a good fit for Magnus Legal in 2020. We link this to sub-goal 16.3 in the UN's sustainable development goals: 16.3 Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
In 2018, we launched a new concept that gives our employees the opportunity to take paid leave for two months to work on a socially beneficial project. You can choose the project yourself, but the application must be approved by the management.
In 2019, our founder and chairman of the board set a good example and travelled to Malawi to work on a development project there.
Together with two other member firms in our international network MSI Global Alliance, our employees cycled for charity.
Our goal was to raise money for SWATS. We kept the bikes running for 45 hours and our customers, employees and followers donated money for education to the ones that are not as fortunate as we are.
In 2016 and in 2017, Magnus Legal's Christmas campaign went to funding micro loans through the Kiva organization. By communicating micro loans to entrepreneurs, Kiva has made a big difference to the lives of millions of families around the world. An example of one of the projects that received a loan from Magnus Legal:
Kulezantima Group's story - Grocery store in Malawi
Hawa is 48 years old. She is married with 4 children and also cares for 2 relatives. Her husband works as a truck driver.
Hawa runs a grocery shop and also sells shoes. She requires a loan to buy more groceries and shoes to stock her business. The profits from this business will allow her to pay school fees for her children and food for the family. She started the business with the aim of supporting her family financially. A family member helps with the activities of the business.
Hawa's future plan is to grow the business and build a house with the profits.
In this group: Hawa, Bettie, Esther, Emma, Ireen, Fanny, Loveness, Mary
In 2015, Magnus Legal decided to divide the money from the Christmas campaign between three organizations/projects. Most of the money went to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and their education projects worldwide. We also supported a local project to build a preschool for children of the village Dwar Tadroyt high in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Eventually an amount was earmarked Kiva which is a voluntary organization that administers so-called microloans worldwide.
More about the projects:
In 2014 Magnus Legal’s Christmas campaign went to the education of children from Karlsvogna children development centre in Kenya! We collected NOK 110.000 and all the money went directly to the kids at the centre.
Karlsvogna children development centre is built in cooperation with the Norwegian organization Aid in Action. The centre is located two hours outside Nairobi and assists about 100 homeless or extremely disadvantaged children. The children come to the centre daily to get food, a safe place to hang out, and a place to play and rest. The children also get the opportunity to wash themselves, have assistance with their homework and to receive general care from the adults who work at the centre.
In Kenya, the primary school is compulsory and free. This is however not the case for the middle school. Karlsvogna children development center's education fund ensures that these children have the opportunity to continue their education. NOK 89 per month per child will cover tuition, school supplies and food. Through the education fund these children are provided with opportunities they would not have gotten otherwise.