On 12 December the Pro Bono Awards 2012 ceremony was held by Yurliga and Centre for CSR Development within the IV National annual contest of business cases in the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR). This contest is a unique Ukrainian initiative aimed at popularization of the best CSR practices.
Over 40 law firms contested in the following nominations: "The Best Legal CSR Project", "The Most Transparent Website in Terms of CSR Coverage", and "The Most Socially Responsible Leader in the Legal Business".
Asters' project in cooperation with Ukrainian Bar Association "Let's Support Law Clinics Together" aimed at supporting law clinics organized by law students nationwide and providing free legal aid (the project was launched in March 2012) was recognized as the best CSR case in the legal market. This case was also included in Top-6 cases in the nomination "Best Contribution to Country's Development" among the initiatives of such companies as SCM, Kyivstar, DTEK, 3M and business school "Detki-Monetki" – a joint project of Amway and Erste Bank.
Asters' Senior Partner Armen Khachaturyan received the award as one of the most socially responsible leaders in the legal business, and Asters' website was recognized among the most transparent in terms of coverage of its CSR activity.
"The pro bono activity of the firm and its employees brings tremendous moral satisfaction," says Armen Khachaturyan, "CSR is a comprehensive notion, which means that the firm as organization and its each partner and lawyer wish to spend time, effort and, last but not least, money for the public good – both within and outside the firm. We are very much honoured to receive this precious accolade as an evidence that our aspiration to make our country a better place for living has not been left unnoticed."