The people of Wendel Rosen have a long history of supporting community causes and demonstrating a commitment to being good corporate citizens. The firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee is a small team of attorneys and staff who work together to coordinate firm sponsored activities.
A certified B Corp, the firm’s activities include hands-on neighborhood rebuilding projects, environmental-friendly pursuits, equity-focused charities and community foundations. Wendel Rosen has been – and remains – committed to stellar corporate citizenship.
Since 2005, a sizable team of attorneys and staff has worked to help restore housing in the community through Rebuilding Together Oakland (RTO), serving on the organization’s board and convening on multiple weekends every year in April to tackle projects including painting, yard clean-up and home repairs to assist local, low-income residents, generally seniors.
The first law firm to be certified as a green business (in 2003), Wendel Rosen’s passion for environmental issues is no surprise. The firm demonstrates its commitment to sustainability with active participation in many efforts to improve the environment, build greener buildings and produce cleaner energy, while supporting sustainable economies, with involvement in organizations such as urban street gardens, The Urban Farmers, Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, Bicycle Trails Councils of East Bay and Marin, Save Mt. Diablo and the Regional Parks Foundation, to name a few. Additionally, the firm’s Green Business Practice Group is a member of 1% for the Planet, donating one percent of practice revenues to qualified environmental nonprofits.
Wendel Rosen sponsors myriad community events and has volunteered time, support and money to organizations including HomeAid Northern California, the Oakland Zoo, Paramount Theater Oakland, Cal Shakespeare, and Horizons Foundation, among dozens of others. Firm attorneys sit on the boards of these organizations and many more.
During the past year, the firm has tracked hundreds of hours in staff and attorney volunteer time on firm-sponsored projects. The firm underwrites a certain amount of staff time during office hours to support various community volunteer activities. Recent hands-on activities have included preparing and serving food for the City of Oakland’s Thanksgiving Dinner, Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program (ECAP), and Operation Dignity. Staff have organized internal bake sales to raise funds for wildfire survivors, women’s shelters and other causes. The firm also collected toys and funds for the 2018 Central American Refugee Committee (CRECE) holiday toy drive. May 2019 activities include firm-organized hygiene kit assembly supporting Lava Mae and Operation Dignity, as well as participation in the Alameda County Bar Association’s (ACBA) Food from the Bar food drive.
As part of its commitment to serving the East Bay legal community, firm attorneys have given years of service to groups including minority bar associations, Legal Assistance for Seniors, AIDS Legal Referral Panel and the ACBA’s Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC), now Legal Access Alameda. In fact, a Wendel Rosen partner assisted with the formation of the original VLSC legal entity. Another firm partner assisted with the creation of and has sat on the Advisory Panel for the Peralta Community College Legal and Community Interpreting Program, a certification program that prepares interpreters to work in the legal system so non-English speakers have better access to justice.