Barefoot Case Study How can we help rural women in the developing world rise out of poverty? At Barefoot College, the solution lies in solar mamas, the women setting the world alight one solar panel at a time. Barefoot College has developed an innovative program at their campus in Rajasthan, India where illiterate and semi-literate women learn how to make solar panels, install the panels in their villages, and become self-employed engineers who bring light and learning to their communities. Through our three-year global CSR partnership, Hogan Lovells engaged its people, clients, and communities to help Barefoot triple its number of international beneficiaries by training 474 new solar mamas who worked to solar electrify households and bring clean, renewable light to 230,000 people in 35 countries. We also provided pro bono legal work which enabled new training centers to be opened in four countries, and provided 50 solar mamas with the opportunity to discuss their personal experiences with human rights. Throughout the three-year partnership, we engaged 1,500 people from Hogan Lovells, reached 375 clients through 8 events, taught 2,200 children about solar energy in 16 countries, and raised US$500,000. A documentary of our partnership was officially selected in 21 film festivals worldwide.
World Environment Day Case Study World Environment Day is known as the people’s day for taking action for the environment. While we couldn’t take action collectively in person, Hogan Lovells curated a series of talks throughout the day across our offices globally on a wide range of environmental topics delivered by partners and leaders of some of our most innovative pro bono and social enterprise clients. The celebration highlighted our commitment to responsible business and operating sustainably. Over 700 people participated in the series, learning about the big and small ways we’re working around the world to take action on climate change. In the United States, our talk focused on this year’s World Environment Day theme, “for nature”, and our talk highlighted the importance of biodiversity and work we are currently doing to prevent contamination on private land.