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Hogan Lovells – Hunger and Acute Malnutrition

By Vicky Dodman, International Programme Manager, Business in the Community

Hogan Lovells – Hunger and Acute Malnutrition

Hogan Lovells worked with Action Against Hunger to implement the Hunger and Acute Malnutrition project in Liberia, helping to keep child malnutrition below 5%.

Social impacts

  • 8,549 children (4% of the under five population) with severe acute malnutrition received treatment with a 90.3% recovery rate.
  • 10 lawyers provided over 1,400 hours of pro bono advice to the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare regarding the prioritisation of nutrition in key national policy documents, including the National Health Plan, costing the firm a total of £500k (cost price).
  • Three global fundraising challenges, 20+ local fundraisers, and the firm’s matched giving commitment resulted in a donation to the Monrovia Food Security and Nutrition Project of £220,000.

Business impacts

  • With 5,500 employees in 45 offices in 22 counties, the Hunger and Acute Malnutrition project unites the firm and emphasises the firm’s ‘One Team’ Worldwide’ value in a way that few other interventions can.
  • Heightened reputation of the firm and its commitment to good global Citizenship through continuous and strategic engagement with employees and clients.
  • Increased opportunities to develop their social enterprise practice as well as the skills set of the firm’s wider commercial practice.
“As a global firm with operations in 22 countries, we believe we have a responsibility to contribute towards alleviating some of the world’s most intractable problems. ”

– David Harris,
Co-CEO, Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells implemented the Hunger and Acute Malnutrition Project to address the issues of hunger, acute malnutrition, child mortality, and food security within Monrovia, Liberia. The project runs in partnership with Action Against Hunger (AAH). The company use a three pronged approach:

Strengthening the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s (MoHSW) capacities to detect, treat, and prevent acute malnutrition through the existing health system.

Contributing to maintaining the level of acute malnutrition below 5%, therefore contributing to and accelerating the reduction of child morbidity and mortality rates within Montserrado county.

Fundraising at least £200,000 for AAH to help them fund a Liberian-based project.

Having worked extensively on the ground in Liberia doing pro bono work with the MoHSW, the company knew first-hand the issues affecting Liberian children and families.

The project sits within their matched global giving programme (called Touch), and draws upon the expertise of their wider Citizenship programme, such as international pro bono, charitable fundraising, and community investment.

Editor’s Note:

The Unilever International Award supported by Business Fights Poverty recognises businesses that have positively impacted one or more of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Award is part of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards.

The companies awarded a Big Tick in this category have positively impacted over seven million beneficiaries. These companies are helping to eradicate extreme poverty, promote gender equality, support various aspects of the health agenda, and build global partnerships for development between civil society, business and governments. These programmes demonstrate innovation, scale and the potential to be replicated, highlighting the importance of business as a key enabler of the MDGs.

The case studies profiled in this week’s special on Business Fights Poverty provide more detail about the programmes that achieved a Big Tick and those shortlisted for the top accolade. For more information, click here.

This article was first published on Business In The Community and is reproduced with permission.

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