HWB is committed to investing in Hong Kong. We seek out ways to use our legal expertise, energy and team spirit to help the community in which we live and work. Our corporate social responsibility activities include the following:
The partners of the firm take on a number of pro bono projects every year either to assist clients who are not financially able to pay legal fees or where the work is for charitable or quasi charitable organisations. Some examples are as follows:
In 2012, HWB entered into an agreement to become the long term financial sponsor of local mini rugby team, the Tsuen Wan Rhinos (TWR's). Unlike many of the better known mini rugby clubs with multiple sponsors, the TWR's had never previously received any sponsorship since their establishment in 2003. The Club encourages 6 to 12 year old local children, primarily from the New Territories, to get involved in rugby.
HWB has established links with local schools, universities and colleges, including secretarial colleges, to give support including seminars, advice, guidance and internships. In addition our partners are involved with AIESEC, the world's largest student-run organisation.
In 2012 and 2013, HWB staff, clients, friends and their families took part in beach clean-ups on Cheung Chau. Mountains of rubbish were collected from three beaches on the island: Tung Wan Tsai, Pak Tso Wan and Tai Kwai Wan. Beaches strewn with rubbish were transformed into idyllic bays. The firm won a gold award for its efforts.HWB will continue to work hard to raise awareness of environmental issues in Hong Kong.
Since the firm was established in January 2012, HWB has taken part in events to raise funds for a number of local charities including a UNICEF charity run at Hong Kong Disneyland and a run up Jardine House in Central to raise funds for MINDSET. In addition the firm hosts quarterly office breakfasts to raise funds for various charities. Beneficiaries include the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, an organisation that supports children with eye cancer and their families and The Mekong Club, a movement fighting the business of human slavery. The Mekong Club brings together the skills and resources of the business community, channelling them into projects that directly disrupt the slavery trade. In addition HWB has raised funds for HandsOn Hong Kong, an NGO focusing on the needs of the underprivileged in our community; the Hong Kong Cancer Fund's breast cancer awareness initiative; Riding for the Disabled and the Haven of Hope Sunniside School for the disabled.