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Making a difference in-house and beyond—an interview with the Anglo American and De Beers Group legal team

Published on: 06 January 2020
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Making a difference in-house and beyond—an interview with the Anglo American and De Beers Group legal team
  • Can you tell us more about the Ambassadors for Good project and how it supported you as a legal team to develop the rule of law in Southern Africa?
  • What would you highlight as the key benefits for the legal team with regards to being involved in this project?
  • What advice would you offer to other in-house legal teams looking to similarly influence strategic and critical issues in their line of business?
  • What else do you think would help legal teams looking to make a difference?
  • Do you think legal teams are uniquely placed to support and drive company culture—and culture in the wider business sphere?
  • Is it possible for legal teams to influence ethics in the wider sphere?
  • Do you have any final advice for lawyers looking to make a difference in projects like Ambassadors for Good, and in-house?

Article summary

In-house analysis: When you work in-house for a company with global reach and global responsibilities it offers unique opportunities. Ambassadors for Good is a volunteering project that started in 2018 in the UK and South Africa and offers employees of Anglo American and De Beers Group the chance to use their skills to help communities that need them most worldwide. We spoke to three members of the legal team—Cecilia Ferreira, Principal Legal Counsel, Jonathan Hoch, Head of Legal: Commercial, and Andrew Donovan, Head of Legal: De Beers North—about this project, exploring what the project means to them and how legal teams can give back, as well as how it benefited the legal team in terms of building relationships and gaining vital understanding into other teams across the business and with contacts on the ground in other jurisdictions. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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