Just a sample of what we have done:
Entered a team into the Sue Ryder "Out of Office challenge"
Sponsored the Young Women of achievement award at the Sue Ryder Awards ceremony
Manning phones in a call centre for Comic Relief
A founder sponsoring employer of the Legal Social Mobility Partnership (Reading Cluster)
Assisting the National Citizen Service with its summer “Challenge” for 15 to 17 year olds
Sponsored the Get Berkshire Active Awards
Seminar presentation to local law firms on the benefits of pro-bono
Taking part in the annual Santa Run and Pancake race
Sponsored and entered a team into the Reading FC Former Players 5 aside tournament to raise funds for Launchpad
Corporate Social Responsibility is about how businesses address the social, environmental and economic impacts of their operations. It’s about giving something back to the community within which our business operates. Our firm is committed to “giving something back” and every day we try to demonstrate our long held belief that CSR is part of our firm’s core ethos; whether that is through donations, sponsorship, fundraising activities or simply rolling our sleeves up and “mucking in”. We are particularly proud of our willingness to get involved with the community in a practical, hands-on way and to use our legal and commercial skill set to the benefit of the wider community. We can point to many examples of individual and firm involvement with community projects of this kind; for example, some of our staff have taken voluntary governance roles within organisations such as schools and charities and we encourage staff to engage with requests from our community to provide ad hoc training or educational events such as seminars. Most recently we have assisted the National Citizen Service with their “NCS Challenge” programme for 16 / 17 year olds encouraging them to develop team and leadership skills (and will bedoing so again this year). As a part of this programme we provided CV writing and interview technique classes, and we also made a number of “dragons” available to assume the role of dragons in Dragons’ Den style fund raising challenge. All of which was immensely good fun.
We think that active community involvement and promoting the benefits of Reading and the Thames Valley as a centre of business excellence are an important part of a balanced CSR plan alongside fundraising and charity support. A considered CSR programme is no longer just about donating and helping with fundraising for charities, we believe it requires an organisation to add real value to the community that it operates in and that is what we try to do by making sure that we use our in house skills to promote Thames Valley business and to support it.
We like to think that we have a very balanced and practical CSR programme that ensures we add value in many areas. We: (i) are actively involved with the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVB LEP) and Reading CIC; (ii) assist at the Reading Citizens Advice Bureau; (iii) provide mentors for Adviza and business coaches for the National Citizen Service; (iv) donate money to charitable causes (both local and international); (v) support staff, clients and contacts in their personal fundraising ventures: (vi) run fundraising events to raise money for a variety of charitable causes and (vii) encourage staff to volunteer as charity trustees and school governors.
But whilst we are busy doing all of this we don’t forget the importance of the people who are our staff, our clients, our contacts and our suppliers and we always consider environmental concerns with the aim of reducing our negative impact on the environment wherever practically possible.
Independent of our firm wide dedicated CSR activities and support, we also have a Charities and Not-For-Profit group made up of solicitors from across the firm who have particular experience working within the charitable and not-for-profit sector. You can read more about them by clicking here to go through to their profile page.
If you would like more detail about the CSR work we do and the firm’s CSR ethos you can select the menu option on the left to take you to our CSR policy.