At DLA Piper, we are committed to conducting our business in a way that is consistent with our values. Our Corporate Responsibility initiatives embody our values and demonstrate how they are embedded in the way we engage with our people, our clients and our communities. We concentrate our support and resources on issues where we can have the greatest positive impact. This engagement not only benefits the individuals, nonprofits and NGOs we work with, but also provides personal and professional development for our people and opportunities to strengthen our ties with the community and our clients.
Over the past years, our lawyers in the Budapest office are proud to have performed more than 270 hours of pro bono counselling for the benefit of local community partners such as PILnet, Csodalámpa Alapítvány (the Foundation of WONDERLAMP Wish Fulfilling) and Liszt Ferenc Zeneakadémia Baráti Köre Egyesület (the Friends of the Hungarian Music Academy).
PILnet connects the gap between NGOs and civil organisations who need legal advice and lawyers seeking opportunities to provide legal help around the world. We provide regual legal support for non profit organisations selected by PILnet on various fields of law.
Humusz has been acting as a non-profit organization in Hungary since 1995 for the purpose of supporting and popularizing the environmentally conscious behavior. Due to its legal form of association Humusz is also open for individuals to join apart from its 13 member organisations. Humusz Waste Prevention Association's objective is to support sustainable production and consumption, and to introduce environmentally conscious solutions and lifestyle patterns into everyday practice in Hungary. We assist Humusz Association with legal work, especially in drafting, reviewing contracts, following applicable legal regulations, maintaining bylaws and statutory rules.
The mission of the Csodalámpa Wish Fulfilling Foundation is to grant wishes to 3-16 year old children, who suffer from life-threatening illnesses. By granting these children's wishes, the foundation would like to make their lives happier, if only for a few hours or days. They hope that with their help through their fulfilled wish, these children will be given the chance to forget the burden they face through their illness and the experience will encourage their belief in recovery.
It is the belief of the Friends of the Liszt Academy of Music Foundation, which consists of the building, concert hall, school and institution, that the Hungarian national cultural heritage is a treasure which merits and repays all of the support it is given. The Academy encompasses both Masters and followers nurturing the traditions of the past and forming the spirit of the future. Through activities for members and non-members, the Academy help Hungarians to deepen their knowledge of their musical heritage.
The Child Protection Methodological Services of Budapest (CPMS) – operated by the Municipality of Budapest – is the regional provider of child protective services as regulated by the XXXI. Law of 1997 on Child Protection. The services provided include child protection, primarily in the orphanages run by the organization and through its foster family network. Since 1st February 2009 they have also been acting as a nationwide methodological centre. In 2012 our volunteers spend time with the children on various activities throughout the year, to provide them with positive role models and enable them to visit interesting places throughout the city.
DLA Piper is assisting UNICEF in its juvenile justice project. UNICEF is currently working on identifying legal mechanisms which increase the protection of juveniles in criminal, civil and administrative law cases by adapting those procedures to the specific needs of minors. With this project UNICEF aims to influence the development of national legal systems so that they are in harmony with the Council of Europe Guidelines on child-friendly justice (2011), the EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child, and the UN Manual for the Measurement of Juvenile Justice Indicators. The project is conducted in several European countries, and we have also been asked to take part in respect of Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovenia.