Corporate Social Responsibility
Where intention becomes action.
At LP, our corporate social responsibility (CSR) program is more than a collection of initiatives. It’s a business strategy woven into the fabric of our culture and the work we do.
Our CSR efforts are grounded in the values that unite us at LP. We care about people: our employees, our clients, our business partners, and our communities. We care about the planet and the kind of home it will provide for future generations. And we care about the effect our work has on the society in which we live.
LP’s charitable commitments support organizations with a strong multiplier effect, ensuring our contributions have the greatest possible impact on the community.
Social responsibility means respect for people around us and our community as a whole. In addition to supporting attorneys who devote time to the community and civic organizations of their choosing, LP has a long-held policy of contributing a standard percentage of the firm’s revenue to charitable endeavors. In order to make the greatest impact, the firm focuses primarily on three programs: Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Job Training Programs, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, and Catholic Charities’ House of the Good Shepherd Program. In addition, LP sponsors beehives through our partnership with The Roof Crop.
Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Job Training Programs
Since 2010, LP has supported the job training programs offered by the Food Depository to support students working towards breaking the cycle of poverty. Job training programs have included Chicago’s Community Kitchens, a culinary training program. In 2020, when the pandemic disrupted the restaurant industry, the Food Depository pivoted and expanded its job training to meet the evolving needs of the community. Currently, the Food Depository has various training programs focused on hospitality, supply chain, warehousing, and logistics.
Not only do we support the Food Depository’s training programs through donations, we also support the Food Depository through volunteer days.Learn More
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
LP has supported the program in which high school students can gain real life work experience while earning money that directly goes toward their tuition. Our participation in the program enables the students to receive a college preparatory high school education at no cost, something the students would not otherwise be able to afford.
Nearly all the students who graduate from Cristo Rey are enrolled in a two- or four-year post-secondary institution. Given that these students are from a socioeconomically disadvantaged area of Chicago and are often the first of their families to be accepted to college, the success of the Cristo Rey program is transformative.
In 2022, we welcomed four students from the Corporate Work-Study program.Learn More
Catholic Charities’ House of the Good Shepherd Program
The House of the Good Shepherd is a comprehensive transitional housing program for individuals with dependent children who are facing ongoing problems related to poverty, homelessness, isolation, debilitating trauma, and family abuse. With 14 family apartments and access to legal assistance, childcare, adult learning and financial literacy, and counseling, survivors are accompanied through their healing journey with a focus on economic security, housing permanency, and aftercare with other survivors.
The transitional housing and family violence recovery program helps clients step out of poverty, break the cycle of violence, and embrace a future filled with stable living and self-determination. In addition to its safe environment, the House of the Good Shepherd gives families a designated case manager to develop individualized service plans for success and support services, such as employment assistance, education resources, housing advocacy, economic assistance, counseling, and children’s services.Learn More
The Roof Crop, in Conjunction with The Hive Supply
Levenfeld Pearlstein sponsors the installation and management of a beehive through our partner, The Roof Crop. We have learned that even small investments can have a huge impact. Most recently, the LP hive produced 12 lbs. of honey!Learn More
As environmental issues grow more pressing, it’s becoming increasingly important for businesses to take the lead in reducing their environmental footprint. LP is proud to have been the first law firm in the United States to adopt the American Bar Association Model Commitment to Sustainability for a Law Organization. In fact, we helped draft it.
LP has taken concrete steps to assure that we help create a clean and safe environment and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
- First Chicago-based law firm to join the Chicago Climate Exchange and become carbon neutral by purchasing credits to offset the firm’s carbon footprint
- First law firm to reach Tier 1 (highest tier possible) in the 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 Chicago Green Office Challenge
- Selected as the first law firm to be listed in the Chicago Green Business Directory, published by the Chicago Sustainable Business Alliance
- Formed an internal Environmental Task Force, implementing recycling, energy conservation, and the use of environmentally friendly paper and other materials
- We work with clients to prosecute citizen suits under federal environmental laws and publish articles on how clients can go green, comply with environmental legal requirements, and file environmental citizen suits (with help from James Brusslan, LP’s LEED-accredited environmental attorney)