Schalast | Social Commitment

Schalast Community Engagement is based on three pillars:

1. Engagement in Eastern Europe

In 2005, we were already involved in the support center for abandoned infants in Pskov, Russia. By supporting the project, we were able to achieve the project goals. Holistic care and a child-friendly environment were created.

In the course of our work on transformation consulting and the establishment of a constitutional state in Eastern Europe, we became aware that there are also losers in the process of change, especially disadvantaged children. For this reason, we supported the Our Kids project for more than ten years, which helps so-called "street kids" in Ukraine to reintegrate into society. After the FAZ presented Our Kids three years ago as part of its annual Christmas charity project "Readers Help", we have also regularly supported this campaign since then. In Corona Year 2020, these were the two Frankfurt projects „Starke Bande" and „Loki" (local, low-threshold crisis intervention in Frankfurt). 

2. Pro Bono

Pro Bono consulting is not yet known in Germany, in contrast to the Anglo-American world and beyond, and is also subject to legal restrictions. For ten years, we have therefore been a member of Pro Bono Deutschland e.V., where leading law firms have joined forces with the purpose of promoting civic engagement in the area of free pro bono legal advice for good causes, especially charitable causes. Central concerns here are social justice, democracy and the rule of law.

Schalast also participates in The Chancery Lane Project (TCLP), a large global network of lawyers who draft pro bono climate treaties to achieve rapid and fair decarbonization. TCLP drafts clauses that are freely available for inclusion in trade agreements and legal documents.

Schalast also supports the association for the promotion of TUMO in Frankfurt e.V., so that they can pass on collected funding (donations) to the Volkshochschule Frankfurt, which would like to run a TUMO support center. TUMO Frankfurt is a new free learning center for young people. Here they can develop their skills voluntarily and outside of school. 

3. Collaboration in non-profit/charitable organizations

Schalast has also been involved in charitable initiatives for many years. Particularly noteworthy is the initiative to found Deutsche Kreditmarkt-Standards e.V., which is increasingly becoming a German Loan Market Association. Furthermore, Schalast has also supported the tri lingual Erasmus Schule since its foundation. 

Schalast is a member of the ICG (Institute for Corporate Governance in the German Real Estate Industry). The ICG is committed to values-oriented, sustainable corporate management. ICG members share the belief that economic virtue and values, compliance with the law, personal integrity, as well as economic, legal and corporate social responsibility, together lay the foundation for corporate success and a good reputation for the industry.

4. Girls' office Milena

Since 2016, Schalast has been supporting Mädchenbüro Milena, a recognized provider of voluntary youth welfare services. The founders of the association, consisting of seven migrant women of seven different nationalities, all grew up in Frankfurt a.M. and today put their pedagogical passion and expertise into enabling migrant women to participate and empower themselves.

The sponsorship of the Girls' Office began in 2016 on the occasion of the Multilaw EMEA Meeting, during which the firm selected the association as a charity project. Also in 2019, through the fundraising campaign of the project "F.A.Z. readers help", the law firm supported the work of the institution.

Through regular donations as well as technical and volunteer support, Schalast is able to help Milena continue its commitment and implement future projects.

5. Franziskustreff Frankfurt

Since 2021, Schalast has been supporting the Franziskustreff Frankfurt in the form of pro bono consulting and donations. The Franziskustreff offers a meeting point for daily breakfast for poor and homeless people in the Capuchin monastery Liebfrauen in Frankfurt/M. The Franziskustreff provides full breakfast for homeless and poor fellows in downtown Frankfurt/ M. Every day up to 160 guests enjoy the meal, in wintertime they find a warm place to stay and throughout the year they enjoy the warmth of Franciscan hospitality. On the occasion of Christmas 2021, which brought great challenges especially for homeless people in times of pandemic, Schalast donated two days of serving breakfast to the Franziskustreff.