Our Social Responsibility Committee consists of partners, employees and the Head of People Management, who all actively engage everyone in the firm in its commitment to diversity and inclusion that goes hand in hand with our commitment to sustainability and volunteering initiatives.
Our pro bono practice has been an integral part of KLA since its inception in 2002. Through a partnership with the Pro Bono Institute and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, our lawyers advise – with the same commitment and quality offered to our clients – entities on all aspects ranging from the legal formalities of formal constitution, socio-environmental matters, fundraising, consultation on legislation relating to their activities, contracts, drafting of data protection policies and labor as well as advice on human rights.
KLA is widely recognized in the rankings of international legal directories for its Pro Bono practice. In 2020 we were referenced by Latin Lawyer and Vance Center as a “Pro Bono Leading Light” in its publication on firms that make a notable contribution to the strengthening of the pro bono culture in Latin America. In the same year KLA, jointly with Fundamedios and other law firms in Latin America, won the TrustLaw Collaboration 2020 award for the “Working Together for Freedom of Information in Ecuador” project dedicated to the development of Ecuador’s Access to Information Law.
Gender diversity is one of the core aspects of our diversity and inclusion commitment. More than 50% of our workforce, which includes representation at partner level, consists of women. KLA also supports the “Incluir Direito” project by CESA (Centro de Estudos das Sociedades de Advogados); an initiative by pre-eminant law firms that brings together legal professionals who mentor young black individuals and law students. Many of our lawyers are project volunteers and participate in meetings to mentor students.
In recognition of our commitment to diversity, KLA received the “Selo Paulista de Diversidade” in 2018, a certification that aims to stimulate public, private and civil society organizations to develop and commit to creating programs, projects and business practices that promote and value diversity in their work environment and in the area within which they conduct their business activities.
As of 2021 KLA pledged its support to the Next Generation of Lawyers, a Civics initiative with the objective to empower law students through training by developing both the soft and hard skills necessary for the demands of the modern job market. In the same year we received the CESA 2021 seal of Gender Equity, and in 2022 became partners in the Black Connection project which is an initiative led by the Public Ministry of Labor and the ILO Brazil with the aim to contribute to the training of black individuals in aid of securing a career placement in the field of law.